Does this mole look like melanoma? (Photos)

It has grown from being mostly round to what you see in the picture. It has progressed slowly though, maybe a year, so I have just assumed it that the new shape was from accidentally cutting it while shaving.

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Cosmetic Mole Removal -- Lasers, Radiowave, Shave -- See an Expert

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I suggest seeing an expert, this can be biopsied and checked in the office without any problems.  Dr. Emer.


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Does this mole look like melanoma?

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Thank you for your question.  Based on appearance alone this mole does not resemble melanoma and looks instead to be more of a seborrheic keratosis or sebaceous nevus, both of which are benign.  If the mole has been changing in character it would be wise to have it removed and evaluated by a pathologist.  Hope this helps.

Changing moles should be evaluated by a dermatologist

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Moles can be evaluated according to their ABCDE characteristics:  A - Asymmetry, B-Borders, C-Color, D-Diameter, E-Evolution.  A diagnosis cannot be made by a photograph alone, but if your mole has been irregular based on any of these characteristics,  it would be wise to see a dermatologist.  Your dermatologist can make a determination whether your mole is atypical enough to warrant a biopsy, or whether it is even a mole at all.

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