Common "Melanoma" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The type of cancer that originates from the pigment-containing cells called melanocytes is called melanoma. It is the most serious type of skin cancer as it often spreads to the deeper layers of the skin and eventually to other organs. The common causes of melanoma are more sun exposure, family history, and pale skin.

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Does an unchanged mole be an early melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, Is this melanoma? Does it look bad?  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have noted your concern and have viewed the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This could be an atypical/ dysplastic nevus - has irregular borders, looks asymmetric in shape, and is perhaps bigger than 5 mm. It certainly requires a dermoscopic exam...  Read Full »

I am concerned about skin cancer and melanoma. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old male and have concerns about skin cancer, particularly melanoma. Can you please describe the symptoms of skin cancer, with a focus on melanoma, and how it is diagnosed? What are the key recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding skin cancer pr...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The risk factor for developing melanoma is direct sunlight, family history, multiple mole syndrome, and many others. Symptoms of skin cancer can range from a change in pre-existing mole, skin nodule eruption, skin ulceration, and shortn...  Read Full »

I am concerned about a mole on my arm. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have got a mole on my arm that measures 5 mm and is flat. I have always had this mole. I have not noticed it changing and it has not bled or itched. I am a bit concerned though that it has two different brown shades in it and would like your opinion on it, please.  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, I have seen few important things. It is irregular in shape (do not know whether it is in this shape from the beginning), which is not a good sign in my opinion. Secondly, there is a...  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 »

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 »

I suspect having melanoma. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole on the right side of my face. It is uneven, weirdly colored, has no clear lines and bleed easily if scratched. I have a lot of moles in my scalp but none like this. Could it be melanoma? If it is not then can I just scratch it off? I wish to know your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per experience only two skin diseases looks like this. The first one is of course melanoma and the second is seborrheic keratosis. The main signs and symptoms of melanoma are as follows...  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 »

Could the back skin patch I have can be melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I would want advice regarding an area on my back that initially appeared to be a dry, itchy skin patch. It has grown into a red, dry spot that periodically oozes and itches over a month. I made the grave error of attempting to diagnose it myself after reading up on the many forms of s...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You have seborrheic keratosis based on your descriptions. The most prevalent benign tumors, seborrheic keratoses, typically appear as we age. They usually start with the emergence of one or more well-defined, flat, li...  Read Full »

My biopsy showed melanoma. Any signs of blood spread?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about the biopsy that I had done. It was a shave biopsy, and it came back as melanoma in situ. I got a wide excision done, and it looks like there is still some of this mole left that was missed by the shave. If there was still melanoma cells in this left over part of...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and concern. Melanoma is a malignancy of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), located predominantly in the skin. The careful examination of lymph nodes can be determined by the staging of melanoma and the metastasis, that is, spread to other bo...  Read Full »

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