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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I have moles all over my body. Do I have melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached a photo of the mole that I have. Is that a melanoma? Should I be concerned? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through the photograph (photographs were removed to protect the patient's identity). It is dysplastic nevi. I suggest, do a self-observation for change in shape, irregular margins or borders, and change in size or color. Avoid direct sunlight. Apply Ph...  Read Full »

Can my mole that looks different be a melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently I had a mole that just felt funny. I went to my dermatologist and asked her to take a look. Given my history, she was on the fence about it but decided to remove it. I am blue-eyed, very fair, and my mother and maternal grandfather had melanoma. She did a shave biopsy, and the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have evaluated your concerns, and you need to be applauded for your alertness. You have taken steps to manage the "funny" mole have been in the desired direction. You are correct that moles can be tricky to diagnose in the early stages. It so happens that they tend to...  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 1 cm. Also, it has changed over a few months. The other mole that I noticed recently is raised, while the rest is fl...  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 »

Are the blue and black lines on the toenail a sign of melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor,I did treadmill exercises and played tennis for two hours three weeks ago. And after that, I noticed blue and black lines on the fourth toe of my left foot. Can you tell me what this is? Is it melanoma? I am worried and anxious.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Filza Hafeez

Answer: Hi, Welcome to need to see a clear picture of your lesion to make a diagnosis. Thanks.  Read Full »

How to confirm melanoma?

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 ...  Read Full »

Is it possible for my choroidal nevus to turn into a melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old female. In my routine eye examination, my doctor discovered a choroidal nevus in my right eye. My mother died of cancer 15 years ago, and another family member currently has a brain tumor discovered after he had an issue with his eye. Since then, I am having bad ...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you for the query. According to your statement, you have been suffering from anxiety due to the presence of choroidal nevus in your right eye. I can understand your concern.A choroidal nevus is usually a benign pigmented tumor of the blood vessels. It is typically gra...  Read Full »

Are moles with color variation and discharge indicative of melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a query regarding a spot I have on my back. I took some pictures with a digital microscope. I need to know whether it is a mole or it is a melanoma. My actual weight is 91 kg. Images were taken with a USB common microscope with a PC. The size measures around 0.5 mm, half a mill...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for sharing the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I want to ask a few things before giving my opinion. 1) What is the duration? 2) Any recent change in color, texture, or any ulceration? 3) It seems there is some ooz...  Read Full »

I have black spots that look like warts behind my penis. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some black spots and it looks like warts behind my penis. I have a big spot of 2 mm on the surface. There are few spots of three or four numbers on the skin. It also remains black. One of the black spots bled last week. After a week, I started to have itchiness and a burning sensati...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether you had a fever, any history of herpes or diabetes, and when it appeared. Please mention whether you had excess scratching and rubbing of lesions. Please mention whether you had chronic friction. Kindly answer the questions for details.   Read Full »

Does over-exposure to ultraviolet rays cause skin cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a dark spot on my heel. Should I be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A 70 percent risk of the lesion transforming into melanoma as irregular borders with increased melanin pigment or melanosis is noted (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Histopathology reports are mandatory to rule out malignancy (melanoma). If found...  Read Full »

Can nail melanoma result in grayish-blue discoloration of toenails?

Query: Hi doctor,I have four-month-old twin girl babies. After delivery, I got a blood clot under the left toenail. Another toenail shows a light shade of grey color. I do not have pain. But sometimes, I am not able to walk. I am afraid of this issue. All corners of my fingernail have become blue after tak...  Read Full »

Dr. B T Priya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your description, you are suffering from onychomycosis. It is a fungal nail infection. You are using the right medication. Nail fungus takes time to get cured. Toenails grow slower than fingernails. It takes a time of seven to eight months to get cured....  Read Full »

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