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Is it concerning to have a mole?


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Published At February 25, 2024
Reviewed AtFebruary 25, 2024

Patient's 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.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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, wear protective clothing. Do a self-examination of the skin to look for changes and detect them as early as possible. Answer the below questions to confirm if it is benign or malignant:

Is there any change in shape or size of existing marks or any discoloration noticed?

Is the surrounding border itchy?

Do you have long-term sun exposure?

Did you have severe sunburn at an early age?

Are there unusual scars on the skin?

Do you have frequent exposure to certain chemicals?

Is your skin fair?

Do you have any skin conditions?

Is there a family history of skin cancer?

Do you have many moles or dysplastic nevi on other parts of the body?

Is there any suspicious-looking sore on the skin?

Please revert back with the answers.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My answers to your questions are:

1. No, I have noticed no change in the size or shape of existing marks.

2. Yes I spend a lot of time in the sun.

3. Yes most likely, I have had many sunburns.

4. I am not sure about unusual scars on the skin.

5. I am not sure about frequent exposure to certain chemicals.

6. Yes, I have a fair skin.

7. I do not know of certain skin conditions.

8. I am not sure about a family history of skin cancer.

9. There are no moles or dysplastic nevi present on the body.

10. No suspicious-looking sores on the skin are present.

Thank you.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It appears to be dysplastic nevi grade 4. A biopsy is needed to rule out a possible malignancy. Self-observation is needed to look for changes in the color, margins, borders, size, and shape of the lesion. Avoid mid-day sun, use tanning beds, and prolong exposure to sunlight. I would suggest you use sunscreen lotion regularly (sun protecting factor 15 or more) for two months.

Avoid scratching and rubbing of lesions.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you.


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Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav
Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav


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