Might a Bluish Black Freckle Be Melanoma?

. Does that bluish black freckle (or what IS it?!) have you panicking it might be melanoma? Read more…

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Two Ways Melanoma Can Become Deadly

If melanoma is caught early enough, it’s highly curable, but many people let it slip by, and this is how this deadly skin cancer can get past even health-conscious people. Two ways that this can Read more...

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How Common Are Red Moles?

Here is information about red melanomas vs. benign red moles in terms of physical appearance. “Benign moles can appear reddish in part due to sunburn or irritation,” says Dr. Michael Shapiro, MD, Medical Director and Read more...

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How Common Are Grey Moles?

You may have read that moles can be grey in color, but how normal or common is this? For this article I consulted with Dr. Michael Shapiro, MD, Medical Director and Founder of Vanguard Dermatology Read more...

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Mole with New Black Specks May Not Be Melanoma

Here’s a benign explanation for why you see new black spots in your mole that weren’t there before. Before I give this explanation, I first want to point out that the new appearance of black Read more...

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What Does Tiny Dark Spot in Mole Mean?

Can a small dark spot inside a mole possibly mean melanoma? For this article I consulted with Dr. Rebecca Tung, MD, director of the dermatology division at Loyola University Health System, Chicago. “Any area of excess pigmentation in Read more...

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How to Lessen Anxiety over Moles and Melanoma

Are you so afraid of your moles that you no longer can look at them, for fear of what you might see? Digital Serial Dermoscopy This wonder of technology will give you great peace of Read more...

Mole with White Spot in Center

Find out what it could mean if a mole has a white spot in it. I have a mole that has a white (or actually, flesh or cream colored; it’s hard to tell) spot kind Read more...

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How Common Is Melanoma Black; Can a Normal Mole Be Black?

A dermatologist discusses how often a mole with melanoma is a black color. I wondered how common is it that a melanoma lesion is black—not dark brown, but true black. And can a perfectly normal Read more...

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Does a Blue Mole Mean Possible Melanoma?

A dermatologist weighs in about what a blue mole most likely means and if this can signal melanoma. “Yes, some moles will appear blue in a clinical exam and they are called blue nevus moles,” Read more...

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How to Check if Your Moles Are Getting Bigger

Here is a really simple way to tell if one of your moles is getting bigger -- even a very tiny dot of a mole. No apps required! You need only two simple items. The Read more...

Mole Colors, Mole Removal, Mole Shape, Size|

Can a Changing Mole Be Benign or Is It Always Melanoma?

We’ve been scared by the media about changes in moles, and skin cancer, a la, “If you notice any changes in a mole, see a doctor immediately, as this could mean skin cancer.” And you Read more...

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What Does Precancerous or Atypical Mole Mean?

Have you been told you have a precancerous or atypical mole? Perhaps you were too afraid to ask your physician to explain in more detail what a precancerous or atypical mole is. Or maybe you Read more...

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Are Purple Moles Normal or Possible Cancer?

Do you have a purple mole? If so, are you worried that your mole has cancer because it's purple? I consulted with Maria M. Tsoukas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dermatology Section, University of Chicago. Dr. Read more...

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Fading Moles: Melanoma, or Could This Be Something Else Besides Skin Cancer?

Is a fading mole, one that's getting lighter, worrying you about melanoma? Have you noticed a mole on your body has been fading or getting lighter? You've heard that melanoma skin cancer that develops in a Read more...

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Melanoma Skin Cancer: When Changing Moles Are Benign

Melanoma: What can cause a mole to change besides skin cancer? We've been alarmed by the media when it comes to changing moles: See your doctor immediately if you have a changing mole to rule out skin Read more...

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When Brown Mole Turns Red: Melanoma or Nothing to Worry About?

Does a brown mole changing to red necessarily mean melanoma? How many times have you read that when a mole changes color, this can be a sign of melanoma and to immediately see a doctor? Read more...

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