Melanoma

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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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 weight 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 firs...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You 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, b...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of a wart on the major labia to be vulvar melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have vulvar melanoma. I found I have something like a wart on my right major labia and I read it can be melanoma. I think it was all black before but I can't be sure. I have done blood work, liver and renal funtion tests that came back normal. Chest x-ray is also normal.   Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). See, vulvar melanoma is a rare cancer, and usually a disease of older women. I would like to know if you have any itching or pain at that site or any bleeding from that pigmented area...  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 learnt 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 wit...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 moles ap...  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 on my back of about 5 mm in diameter. Now, it is a little over 1 cm. Also, it has changed over a course of a few months. The other mole that I noticed recently, is raised, whi...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, raised mole is definitely suspicious. But, frankly speaking, by seeing just photos or even seeing live it is very difficult to say that it has cancerous property or not. The best thing is to get it checked and get the definite result. Excision biopsy is the best way...  Read Full »

Should I be worried about a mole with a large circular area?

Query: Hi doctor, Today I noticed two moles on my back with large dark circles around them. I have attached the photos of one affected area only. I have always had these moles, but have never seen these dark circles until today. I have had biopsies of moles from my back before and they were not cancerous. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Definitely this mole with the large circular area is suspicious. There is a high chance that this mole could be cancerous. I would suggest you to get a biopsy done as this is a doubtful mole. Any acute change in size, texture, margins and color of a mole is an alarming ...  Read Full »

Why am I having a new mole on toe?

Query: Hello doctor, A new mole on a toe that I have not noticed before, I know about it probably for a week, it is blackish and not round, about 3 to 4 mm wide and sort of even in color. I am 21 years old male and as far as I know we have no cancer history in my family. I can provide photos too.  Read Full »


Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your case history and the photos provided by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see a dark irregular lesion of about 5 mm in size over the tip of the toe. As it is to 3 days history the first thing I want to rule out is an history...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of pink spot on skin be cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. I have found a pink spot on my skin that resembles melanoma a little. I was wondering if I can send pictures for you to look at and let me know if it looks like that?  Read Full »


Dr. Vikas Talreja

Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the picture and blood investigations that you sent. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This lesion is asymmetric and presents irregular borders and irregular distribution of the pigmentation presents border irregularity, color varia...  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 in her forearm. She has been having this red color mole since 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 i...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 v...  Read Full »

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

Query: I have 4 month old twin girl babies. After delivery under my left toenail under blood clot. And another toenail light shade of grey color. No pain. But sometimes not comfortable to walk. Can cure or not mam. I am afraid for this. So tell the reason and suggestion cure or not. All corner of fingernai...  Read Full »


Dr. B. T. Priya

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi. From the description you are suffering from Onychomycosis.. Fungal nail infection You have been given the right medication s for it Since you are feeding the babies no internal antifungals given as tablets Nail fungus will take a long time to be cured Toe nails grow slower than finger nails ...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of recurrent growing mole to be melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a protruded mole on my leg (light color but it will become black if in contact with water), it lasts for about two or three years or more. I have no symptoms other than it will fall off as time pasts and grow back itself. I was wondering what would it be as I am worried if that is...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your query and examined your given picture. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems you have developed seborrheic keratosis or a mole. Do you have this mole since birth? Nothing looks like melanoma. Shave excision with the histopatholog...  Read Full »

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