I'm 28 y/o. My mole is growing very slowly. It has hair, sensation, sometimes acne & bleeds if acne is opened. Like the rest of my facial skin, the acne sometimes can get infected and swollen but never painful. This time was painful & oozing, as pictured. My GP thinks it's normal and that I am just paranoid, but I live in Australia where skin cancer is the second death cause. I was planning to get it removed once I graduate and start working. Do I need to get it removed now?
Could This Mole Be Turning into a Skin Cancer? (photo)
Doctor Answers 1
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 Irregular Borders; C for Black or uneven Colors; D for diameter greater than a pencil eraser; and E for a growth that is Evolving or changing. Because of the size and location of your mole, it should be removed by excising a simple ellipse of skin. I then use a "layer closure" using both dissolving and non-dissolving sutures to give the best cosmetic result. The area then typically heals with a small, linear scar that is hardly visible. You can follow the video link below to learn more about identifying the changes in moles that are suspicious for skin cancer.
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