Moles and Clinical Evaluation
Moles come in all shapes and sizes and cannot be diagnosed from a photograph. If you are concerned that the size, shape, or color have changed please consult a board certified dermatologist to evaluate the mole and do a complete skin exam. I do a skin exam on every patient who does a consultation and there are many patients who are completely unaware that they have a skin cancer. Please do an annual skin exam since it saves lives.
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Moles Require Physician Evalution
The best answer about your mole is going to be obtained by an in person evaluation by a Dermatologist who is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. While a picture is worth a thousand words, a patient is worth a thousand pictures--- nothing beats an in person evaluation. The ABCDE's of melanoma are useful GUIDELINES for signs of worrisome moles, but many benign lesions can mimic these changes. Further, some melanomas do NOT follow these guidelines. So please, make sure you are properly evaluated in person. Best of luck.
Suspicious mole on the lower back
To be safe, you should be carefully evaluated by a
board certified dermatologist. Please use the ABCDE's as your guide for
when to be concerned about moles: A for Asymmetry
; B for
; C for
Black or uneven Colors
; D for diameter
greater than a pencil eraser; and E
for a growth that is Evolving
or changing. If necessary, it is an
extremely simple five minute procedure for a dermatologist to remove the mole
using either a "punch" or a "shave" biopsy which typically
leaves a minimal scar. The mole can then be checked microscopically for
You can follow the video link to learn more about identifying the
changes in moles that are suspicious for skin cancer.
Dysplastic nevus or melanoma
There are many options for what this can be. You obviously check your body for changes in skin sites, which is great. When you see something new or something changing, just make an appointment and have it checked out in person by a dermatologist. Don't fret, just get an appointment.
"This answer has been solicited without seeing this patient and cannot
be held as true medical advice, but only opinion. Seek in-person
treatment with a trained medical professional for appropriate care."