Melanoma from Scratching Mole Is “Unlikely”

Melanoma from scratching a mole is “unlikely” but not a “say never” situation, says Dr. Jennifer Gordon, a dermatologist who is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and practices at Westlake Dermatology located Read more...

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Can Moles Grow From Scabs?

“Moles cannot grow from scabs,” says Dr. Jennifer Gordon, who is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and who practices at Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas. I interviewed her for this article. Whether Read more...

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Spot Where Mole Was Removed Itches Soon After

What does it mean (melanoma?) when soon after mole removal, the area is itching? For this article I consulted with Kally Papantoniou, MD, FAAD, of Advanced Dermatology P.C. Any time you have a mole removed, Read more...

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Loosened Mole Looks Like It Can Be Flicked Off

Is a loosened mole that looks like it can be flicked off melanoma or benign? “This could be a true ‘mole,’ which means it is made of melanocytes, or it could be a vascular growth Read more...

Does Punch Biopsy for Mole Removal Hurt?

Here’s why a punch biopsy for a mole removal does NOT hurt. You don’t need a doctor to tell you that having a mole removed via punch biopsy does not hurt. I’ve had two of Read more...

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NEVER Pick Off a Melanoma, Says Dermatologist

Don’t even THINK about picking or scraping off that ugly or odd-looking mole that might be melanoma. “You should not try to rub off a growth that you suspect could be a melanoma,” says Dr. Janet Read more...

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Punch Biopsy for a Mildly Atypical Mole

What does a dermatologist think about a punch biopsy for a mole that’s slightly atypical? For this article I consulted with Dr. Dr. Rebecca Tung, MD, director of the dermatology division at Loyola University Health System, Chicago. She Read more...

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Normal Moles Removed to Prevent Melanoma?

Is it smart to have normal moles removed to help prevent melanoma? Melanoma can arise from a pre-existing mole, so you might be thinking that it’s smart to have your normal moles removed. If you have Read more...

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Surgical Mole Removal without Being Billed for Cosmetic Procedure

Mole removal can come with a cosmetic procedure charge, unless you know the right thing to tell your dermatologist. I learned this from my dermatologist’s nurse. A mole removal is considered cosmetic under certain circumstances. Read more...

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Mole Removal with Laser Causes Regrowth of Moles

If you want a mole removed with a laser, the mole might grow back. Traditionally, the idea is that a laser beam will penetrate the mole’s surface area to disintegrate any abnormal cells, and the Read more...

Many Moles?, Melanoma, Mole Removal|

How Painful Is Surgical Mole Removal?

Surgical mole removal is not painful at all. At least, it wasn't painful for me, and I have had six moles removed surgically. Yes, the doctor may tell you, "This might hurt a little," before Read more...

Mole Removal|

Benign Mole Removal: My Experience

Ever thought of having mole removal? I've had mole removal twice for benign moles. The first mole was on my abdomen and measured four and a half millimeters in diameter. I had surgical mole removal Read more...

Mole Removal|

Mole Shave Biopsy on Lower Leg Healing Time

Find out how long it may take for a mole shave biopsy on your lower leg to heal. On May 8, I had a shave biopsy on my lower leg for a mole that I Read more...

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Can You Accidentally Shave Off Melanoma?

Maybe you’ve read a few things about “picking off” a melanoma, but what about shaving it off—by accident? For this article I consulted with Rajiv V. Datta, MD, Medical Director, The Gertrude & Louis Feil Read more...

Many Moles?, Melanoma, Mole Removal|

New Mole but You’re 60-Plus: May Be Melanoma

If you’ve discovered a new mole and you’re 60-plus, don’t wait to get this checked out by a dermatologist. If you’re over age 60 you may be noticing new spots arising on your skin on Read more...

Melanoma, Mole Removal, New Moles|

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...

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When an Itching Mole Begins Bothering You

Read what a dermatologist says about itching moles. If you’re concerned about an itching mole (could it be melanoma?), first make sure that the itching is coming from the actual lesion itself, rather than nearby Read more...

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My Teen Has Tons of Moles: Should I Worry?

Skin cancer surgeon Dr. Monica Halem comments about teens with many moles. Have you looked at your teen’s skin lately for moles? Are you even aware of how many moles your teen has? My 14-year-old nephew Read more...

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