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Melanocytic Nevi

Melanocytic nevi, otherwise called a mole, is a type of tumor that develops from the melanocytes. Moles can be raised, flat, or like a tag. They are usually black, brown, tan, or pink in color.

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Should I be concerned about my mole?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a mole and I am concerned about it. I am far from a medical center where it can be checked for the next three weeks. I need to know if I should cancel my trip to check it. Please help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It appears to be an atypical melanocytic nevus which is a benign nevus that can progress to malignancy. If it is detected early, it can be treated quickly with less scarring. Avoid mid-day sun and use sunscreen lotion even on cloudy days...  Read Full »

I have a mole on my chest that is itchy. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am hoping you can advise me. I have a mole on my chest that has been changing for about a month now. It is itchy at times and it has bled (small spots) as I am sure from the itching. I am worried it is skin cancer. Can you help?  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description and given picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems you are having a mole or melanocytic nevus. They are considered benign melanomas and nothing actively needs to be done for them. If the mole shows a sudden increase in...  Read Full »

Do I need to remove the colored mole on my neck?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a teenager. Six months ago, I noticed that I had two colored moles on my neck. I immediately went to a dermatologist. She checked all my moles, and she told me that the two colored moles were perfectly symmetrical. So, she did not offer to remove it. I have learned from the interne...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to One should always look for the following changes for melanocytic nevus: Change in color and irregular surface. Increase in the size of the lesion. Irregular margins. Inflammation. Bleeding, crusting, and oozing. There are many types of melanocytic nevus. It ...  Read Full »

Why am I having new moles appearing in my palms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. For the last six years, new black moles have been appearing in my palms. It is not creating issues like itching, pain, etc. I just want to know whether it is a symptom of melanoma. Please answer.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). These are benign acquired melanocytic nevi (AMN). They are not a sign of melanoma. AMN may increase in number during the first three decades, which is a nor...  Read Full »

What is the dark bump like spot in front of my tragus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a dark bump like spot in front of tragus. Ever since I have noticed this small bump it has got flattened and less puffy. I have some other spots too. I guess it is not a keloid. I went to a facialist and she stated it as not a pimple. I just need a clarification of what they are? W...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and I do understand your concern. There is a nodule in front of your tragus, on the side of your cheek; which may be an acne cyst or nodule left behind by...  Read Full »

Can the black patch on the abdomen be a mole or age spot?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed a black spot or patch on the abdomen while taking bath. I want to take your opinion on this. What kind of spot is it? Is it age spot or mole or something else? I am a 39-year-old male and I take medicines for BP and thyroid as well for quite long. I am attaching pictures...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), need some more clear pictures. By the picture, it is a simple melanocytic naevus. No need to worry. Keep it under observation for every six months by taking a photograph and comparing it. It is very ve...  Read Full »

Why do I have a mole with hair growing out of it?

Query: Hi doctor,About a month ago I vigorously scratched off a mole that was on my back. While lifting weights and lying on my back, it got irritated. I have had the mole for at least seven years. It has always been relatively big and light brown shade. However, when I picked it off it went away at first,...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi,Welcome to should not have scratched it, because the chances of malignancy increase in otherwise benign mole. Presently what I can see is the erosion (attachment removed to protect patient identity) so at this stage even dermoscopy would not be able to find out malignancy. So, bes...  Read Full »

I have noticed a difference in my mole recently. It appears to be a little raised. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old and have had this mole for the past 10 years. Recently I noticed that it looks different from when I first developed it. It is a little bit raised now, and I feel it meets a lot of the criteria for melanoma. I am trying to get into a dermatologist but my appointment is n...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Melanocytic nevus as basically tan brown macules with increased melanocytic activity. One should always look for the following changes for Melanocytic nevus 1. Any change in color and irregular surface. 2. An increase in the size of the lesion. ...  Read Full »

Is sudden itchy mole a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 61-year-old male. I have a mole on the thigh and is slightly itchy. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Moles or melanocytic nevus are genetic collections of melanocytes (the dark color producing cells). They go through a cycle of evolution with disappearance in the middle age. Increased number, size, and genetic history of cancer are the risk factors for the development ...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about a brown bulging mole under my breast?

Query: Hi doctor, Three months ago, I saw a dark brown mole under my right breast. The mole does not produce any symptoms. The mole when touched is noticeable bulging, is not smooth as other moles that I have. What can it be?  Read Full »

Dr. Yeshwanth Kumar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to could be a normal melanocytic nevus. If there is a sudden increase in shape and size with irregular border, an increase in color or rapidly evolving, then you can go for a non-invasive technique like dermoscopy and invasive technique like skin biopsy to confirm whether i...  Read Full »

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