Moles are small and dark brown spots seen on the skin or mucosal surface. It is caused when melanin gets clustered in a place. It is a benign and harmless condition in most, but rarely they can become cancerous.

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I have been suffering from a red spot approximately 2 centimeters in diameter located at the back of my left knee. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old male who does not take any medication. I have a red spot approximately 2 centimeters in diameter located at the back of my left knee that is not painful or itchy but has not reduced in size or redness in several weeks. Please help. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. There could be multiple causes for your red spots. 1. Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction to something that has come into contacts with your skin, such as a new detergent, fabric softener, or lotion. 2. Eczema is a chronic skin condi...  Read Full »

How small should a melanoma be in diameter to metastasize?

Query: Hi doctor, I am wondering about how small melanomas can be in diameter to reach metastasis. I have read an article that an invasive micro melanoma can be as small as 0.11 mm in thickness, but I have also read articles saying us to look for moles larger than 6 mm in diameter. However, I have read ano...  Read Full »

Dr. Barve Vaibhav Saidas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood the concern. There is no specific size of melanoma to predict metastasis. Any size of melanoma can metastasize depending on the site, and the lymphatic drainage. I hope this has helped you.  Read Full »

My 18-year-old son has a mole on the back. Do you think it is cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 18 years old and went to the dermatologist to have a few skin tags removed. He asked the doctor about a mole on the back and the doctor told him to remove it for the possibility of cancer. This has caused me a lot of worries as I await his biopsy results. It is a two-millimet...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The causes of malignancy are long-term sun exposure, severe sunburn at an early age, repeated exposure to radiation, unusual scars on the skin, weakened immune system, frequent exposure to certain chemicals, and use of tan...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing moles for two years, so I have attached a few images of the same. Does my mole look suspicious?

Query: Hi doctor,Is the mole in these images suspicious? One photo was of the same mole two years ago, and the other picture is of today. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Thank you for the query. I have reviewed your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is good that you are observing the mole. The mole size is almost the same, and there is no change in color, asymmetry, or border ...  Read Full »

I have had a mole on my upper nose and the area around my cheeks turn red on exposure to sun. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a mole on my upper nose since childhood. This mole hurts when I touch it a little hard, and sometimes I get headaches from it. Also, my face starts to get red around my cheeks when I get exposed to heat and sometimes I get an itchy rash also. I do not have any allergies. Wha...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to went through your query and understood your concern. As regards the mole, I need to see the picture of the mole to assess the morphology. For the reddening of the cheek, it sounds like rosacea. It is an inflammatory condition in which such redness occurs on exposure ...  Read Full »

Please suggest cream to remove Becker's nevus.

Query: Hi doctor,I have Becker's nevus on my upper part of the chest. It has grown subsequently dark in the past few years. Also, hair growth has increased very much on that part. It is aligned towards my left shoulder. My childhood photos show no sign of any such mark. Only, occasional acne occur on tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Becker's nevus is a kind of mole, which usually starts at puberty and keeps increasing in size and pigmentation till the age of 25 to 30 years.Also, it is tough to treat. It can only be lightened, but not completely removed.You may have to try lasers such as Q-switched Nd...  Read Full »

My son has a mole in his back. Does this mean he has cancer? Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I took my son to the dermatologist to have his skin tags removed. My son asked about a mole on his back and the dermatologist removed it for a biopsy. This deeply concerned me even though the doctor stated it was most likely nothing. What are your thoughts on the mole in the picture?  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I feel it is a benign melanocytic nevus. No changes are suggesting it is malignant as of now. Atypical nevus will be larger, wavy, and irregular margins with more than two shades of color. The recent change of color or sudden increase in size...  Read Full »

Is the papillary tissue on my scalp a mole or a wart?

Query: Hi doctor, Two years ago, I went to a dermatologist to remove a lesion on my scalp. She told me it was a mole and it will regrow again. They checked it and it was not cancerous. So yes, it will regrow again and I am worried because of the aspect. I want to be sure it is a mole, not a wart because i...  Read Full »

Dr. Naik Dessai Gauri Govind

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for posting your question on icliniq. As per the photograph you have sent me (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it does look like a wart, I will make the following points, to support my observation. As you have said, they checked it and it was not...  Read Full »

I have had black spots on the penis and testicles and moles on my inner thighs. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had black spots on the penis and testicles and moles in my inner thighs. Can this be due to STD? What could be the reason? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. As per the history and images provided from your end (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), they may be genital warts which are a viral infection caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) which are considered to be appearing due t...  Read Full »

I have a brown mole on my forehead, which is growing slowly and has increased in size by about 5 to 6 mm. Can it turn malignant?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 29 years old having a brown mole or spot on my forehead that has been growing slowly for approximately three years. Now the size has increased around about 5 to 6 mm. I have attached the images of the mole. I consulted a dermatologist when it was smaller in size and had a schedul...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I have gone through the case and the attachment provided. A mole that grows over the years is not malignant. In melanoma, growth is usually rapid. Even days and weeks count. To me, your current mole does not look to be malignant or has not ...  Read Full »

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