Should I be worried about an atypical mole?

Should I be worried about an atypical mole?

Should I be worried about an atypical mole?

Yes. An atypical mole that is itching, painful, swelling, crusting or oozing should be checked immediately by a dermatologist or other physician experienced with skin disorders.

When should atypical moles be removed?

The greatest risk of melanoma is in patients who have more than 50 atypical moles and two or more family members with melanoma (familial atypical mole and melanoma syndrome). Atypical moles should be removed when they have features suggestive of malignant transformation.

Can melanoma go undetected for years?

How long can you have melanoma and not know it? It depends on the type of melanoma. For example, nodular melanoma grows rapidly over a matter of weeks, while a radial melanoma can slowly spread over the span of a decade. Like a cavity, a melanoma may grow for years before producing any significant symptoms.

What does mild atypical mole mean?

Atypical moles, also known as dysplastic nevi, are unusual-looking moles that have irregular features under the microscope. Though benign, they are worth more of your attention because individuals with atypical moles are at increased risk for melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer.

Are all atypical moles precancerous?

While not all atypical moles are precancerous moles, they can become cancerous moles or melanoma. It is important to understand the characteristics of an atypical mole so that if you detect one on your body, you can seek the help of a professional to make a diagnosis and treatment plan if necessary.

Why are atypical moles more dangerous than normal moles?

Though benign, they are worth more of your attention because individuals with atypical moles are at increased risk for melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer. An atypical mole can occur anywhere on the body. The appearance of these moles can vary greatly. The best advice is to know your skin.

Are there any moles that can turn into skin cancer?

Common moles are found on skin regularly exposed to the sun and can potentially but rarely turn into skin cancer. Atypical moles, or dysplastic nevi, are moles that exhibit irregular symptoms. They usually have fuzzy or blurry borders, vary in colour, are larger than most moles, and have both flat and raised components.

Can a mole be a low grade melanoma?

The pathologist may find it difficult to be completely certain that a moderately or severely dysplastic naevus is not actually a low-grade melanoma; the surgeon will make sure that the whole lesion has been surgically removed as a precaution. It can be difficult to tell if a mole or mark is an atypical mole or whether it could be a melanoma.

Do you need surgery for an atypical mole?

An atypical mole does not automatically need surgical removal if it doesn’t show any signs of change and a doctor has assessed it 5.


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