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Features Of Melanoma

The type of skin cancer that originates from the melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) is called melanoma. It is the most malignant type of skin cancer, and it can also develop in the eyes, intestines, and other internal organs. If your mole becomes asymmetrical, the borders become irregular, and if the color changes, then consult a dermatologist immediately.

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I have a pink mole near my scalp. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a question regarding a mole. I just had my hair cut and noticed a mole on the back of my neck near my scalp. I might have had it for a while and did not know about it. Most of my moles are brown and auburn. But, this one is pink. I am wondering whether this is normal. My concern is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it does not look cancerous. Yes, it has a skin tag-type appearance. But, I can give you a confirmatory answer that it is not melanoma because only skin biopsy is the tool that can give you a definite...  Read Full »

I have a lump below the mole. Is it melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned about a lump or bump that appeared under my mole. One day, I woke up with inflammation around my mole. As there were no changes in my mole, I thought it was a pimple and I applied some skin cream. It stayed inflamed and swollen for around five to six days and then it became...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With your descriptions, it seems that you are having a mole with secondary infections. If you can send pictures of this, then it will be better for me to suggest diagnosis, treatment and alleviate your anxiety. Mole, so called melanocytic nevus, if you frequently touch ...  Read Full »

The mole on my belly is different. Please review.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old male. I have a mole on my belly that is darker than the others (almost black in the middle), and I wonder if it is still just a regular (or atypical) mole and nothing to worry about or if it could be something worse (melanoma). I am attaching three images in different ...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the clinical photographs attached to the query (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a melanocytic nevus which is basically tan brown macules with increased melanocytic activity. One should always look for the following changes in a me...  Read Full »

I have mole on my left arm for several years and its size has increased over the past few months. Could this indicate melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a mole on my left arm for several years, and I have recently noticed that its size has increased over the past few months. While there have not been any other significant changes in the mole's appearance, I am concerned about the possibility of it being melanoma. Could you pl...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern regarding the mole on your skin that has increased in size. I am here to assist you with your medical condition. Melanoma is a type of skin malignancy that can develop from a benign mole. It often presents with changes in the mole's size,...  Read Full »

I have a mole in my lower back. Is it normal, or should I consult a dermatologist?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole and I would like to have a dermatologist to look at it. It is on my lower back. Is it normal? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your case. The only way we can comment is by comparing previous pictures. It is also suggested that patients take pictures, keep them in the record, and compare them monthly. I think this mole has two zones of color: the...  Read Full »

I picked an unusual-looking mole on my breast. Will this alter the biopsy result?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an unusual-looking mole on my breast for at least eight years. I showed it to a dermatologist as I was not happy with its appearance; it has an irregular border, several colors, and is asymmetric. I was told it is likely to be atypical, and I am going to have a biopsy this week. I k...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will definitely help you regarding it. I have assessed the attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Melanoma is a mole that has turned bad and changes its shape, size, or color. Did you notice any of these...  Read Full »

What happens if you squeeze a mole?

Query: Hi doctor, I have health anxiety and have recently become quite obsessive over my moles. A week or so ago, I became focused on a 2 mm mole on my knee. I have always had it as far as I am aware. I noticed a slightly raised bump towards the top with some small hairs coming out of it and was unsure if ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First, you need to understand that for any mole which turns into melanoma requires spontaneous changes. It means that any change in color, size, shape, or symmetry of lesions should be spon...  Read Full »

Do tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, From when I was 17 years old I have used tanning beds on and off up until I was 22. I was not aware of the risks. Through the internet, I learned about the risks. I got to know that it is inevitable and that will develop melanoma at some point. Do most people who use tanning beds end up w...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is not necessary that everyone who uses a tanning bed will develop melanoma. It varies from person to person depending on the risk factors. Not everyone who uses a tanning bed develops melanoma. Moreover, you do not seem to have any risk factors and all your mole...  Read Full »

Should I be alarmed about a few changes in my mole?

Query: Hi doctor,My relative, who is 55 years old, has a red color mole-like thing on her forearm. She has been having this red color mole for so many years. Today only we noticed that there are small fresh red dots inside it. It looks new. What could it be? No other associated symptoms. We are worried tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If there is a change in color, size, margin, and shape in a pre-existing mole, especially in this age, then it is always an alarming sign. As you said it is changing its texture and color, then yes definitely. We should suspect about melanoma. In your case it is very di...  Read Full »

Why has one of my moles raised?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a couple of moles that have changed recently. Should I get them checked by my GP? The larger round mole is about 5 mm in diameter on my back. Now, it is a little over 10 mm. Also, it has changed over a few months. The other mole that I noticed recently is raised, while the rest is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, raised mole is suspicious. But, frankly speaking, by seeing just photos or even seeing live, it is challenging to say whether it has cancerous probability or not. The best thing is to get it checked and get a definite result. An excision biopsy is the best wa...  Read Full »

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