Question: When Should I Worry About A Mole?

What does a suspicious mole look like?

A mole that does not have the same color throughout or that has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red is suspicious.

Normal moles are usually a single shade of color.

A mole of many shades or that has lightened or darkened should be checked by a doctor..

Is a melanoma raised or flat?

Appearance: The first sign is a flat or slightly raised, discolored patch with irregular borders. The color varies and might include areas of tan, brown, black, red, blue or white.

What does a cancerous mole look like?

The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred. The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue. The spot is larger than ¼ inch across – about the size of a pencil eraser – although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.

Can a doctor tell if a mole is cancerous just by looking at it?

Unfortunately, you can’t tell by looking at a mole whether it’s cancerous or what type it is. It could very well be a normal skin spot with an abnormal appearance. A dermatologist can’t always tell the difference either.

How do I know if my mole is bad?

Early warning signs of melanomaAsymmetry: The mole has an irregular shape.Border: The edge is not smooth, but irregular or notched.Color: The mole has uneven shading or dark spots.Diameter: The spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.Evolving or Elevation: The spot is changing in size, shape or texture.

What happens if you pick a mole off?

Raised moles may be accidentally torn off. The area may bleed and scar, or even become infected. When a mole is torn off, it may be temporarily less visible. However, the melanocytes that initially caused the mole will still be present after an injury and may cause the mole to regrow.

Is a growing mole always cancer?

Most moles are benign, meaning they are harmless and do not cause cancer. However, sometimes, moles grow and become malignant. This means they are cancerous and must be removed. It is important to keep an eye on all moles.

How long can you have a cancerous mole?

Melanoma can grow very quickly. It can become life-threatening in as little as six weeks and, if untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body.

Is it dangerous if a mole gets bigger?

Diameter – most melanomas are usually larger than 6mm in diameter. Enlargement or elevation – a mole that changes size over time is more likely to be a melanoma.