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How Questionable Moles Are Treating by Dermotalogist

If You Think a Mole Might Be Cancerous . . .

If you took my advice and checked your skin for any discolored, oddly shaped, or unusually large moles and found something questionable, don't panic just yet. Only a doctor can determine if it's skin cancer. Follow these steps:

  1. Make an appointment with a dermatologist ASAP.
  2. At your appointment, have the doctor check that specific mole and other moles that worry you. The doctor may ask if you want a full-body examination, and I'd go for it since it can't hurt to have a professional take a thorough once-over of your skin.
  3. If the mole looks fine, the doctor will ask you to keep an eye on it. If they aren't sure, they'll recommend a skin test called a biopsy. The doctor will numb the area, and then slice off the mole (it sounds worse than it really is). Then the sample will be tested, and unfortunately you'll have to wait to hear back about the results. Just so you know, the biopsy may leave a scar, but it's better than cancer.
  4. To find out the next step


  5. When the doctor calls you back, you'll either receive good news (no cancer), or not so good news (cancerous). If it's the latter, you'll have to make another appointment to have the mole removed. The doctor will numb the area again, cut out the root of the mole and give you a few stitches. After the area has a chance to heal, you or the doctor must remove the stitches, which may also leave a scar.

I know this doesn't sound like a party, but think of the alternative. It's great that we are so aware now of all the damage UV rays have on our skin, but for all the times when we didn't protect ourselves, it's great that dermatologists have the power to detect skin cancer at an early stage.


Join The Conversation
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
My dad just had 3 spots removed from his back, one was Squamous Cell Carcinoma... skin cancer. My sister also had a couple removed, one off her shin, which was precancerous. I've had one removed so far, and a couple others my doctor has asked me to keep an eye on. Ladies, please use sunscreen! It's not worth it!
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
I recently got checked and got something biopsied. It came back non-cancerous, but it was something that could lead to cancer, so I have to go back and get it further removed and stitched. I'm not excited, but it's better having cancer, plus I get to take a day off work! PS. I was told getting a mole removed doesn't really hurt. I got two removed that day, and I thought they hurt!!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My dad had a weird looking mole on his wrist that had grown a little and he went in to have it looked at. The dermatologist biopsied it and it was precancerous, so he had it removed. Now I'm hyperparanoid about my moles and I'm always keeping tabs on mine to see if they morph or look weird.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
On the other side of it I have had a few removed and you can barely see the scar where they cut it off at and i didnt have stitches or anything...def worth the 30 min dr. apt!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
I went in and got a biopsy last year after seeing this posted. I do have a gnarly scar tho. I opted to not have my scar stitched which was part of the reason it is so big now, so I recommend getting it stitched if it's big enough and they give you the option. Mine came bag negative, but I've still got others to have looked at now. GET CHECKED LADIES!
katherinev katherinev 8 years
I had this done once, the biopsy, and it was pretty gross looking but I didn't even feel it. They took off a pretty mole that I had always liked and now I have an ugly scar. But at least I don't have cancer.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
AFter seeing pics on this site and showing them to my boyf of what cancerous moles look like and saying you have that one and that one on your back he FINALLY went. They used a device similar to a hole-punch and took it off for biopsy. it came back negs, but the doc wanted to take the rest of it to be safe and examine a few more of his moles that look suspicous. well, he forgot about hs follow-up and hasn't been back, so i may forward this article to his email to give him a reminder...
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