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Atypical Moles

Customer's Comment: I'm very happy to like you on Facebook and get your advice. This mole has been on my upper left back for a couple of months or so - my wife just noticed it. Thanks.

 

Atypical Mole

 

Analysis

Hi,

Thank you for contacting us about your mole, and for liking us on Facebook.

The mole is highly atypical: the color is uneven, it is asymmetric, it measures 12mm at the widest point, and the border is irregular and ill-defined.

In addition, according to your email, the mole may have developed rapidly.

The mole should therefore be examined by a physician ASAP.

To read more about the ABCDE features of a mole please see for example:

https://patienteducation.osumc.edu/Documents/melano.pdf


Kind regards,

Opticom Data Research

 

Customer's Response: Thanks very much - yes, I already thought that the sooner I get someone to evaluate it the better. However, New Brunswick is pretty backed up so I may be looking at a long wait time.

Do you, or do you know of anyone who does mole evaluations in Canada (i.e. a private clinic)?

Thanks again.

 

ODR's Response:

Hi,

To evaluate the mole you would need to go to a clinic. This cannot be done over the Internet.

A dermatologist may use a hand-held microscope, called a "dermatoscope," to look at suspicious moles. This allows them to see certain features of the mole that you cannot see with your eyes, and to reach a more precise evaluation.

All the best,

Opticom Data Research

 

Customer's Response: I did go to my GP and she will remove the mole (in the hospital outpatient department) on Tuesday and send it for analysis right away.

 


Atypical Mole

Atypical Mole

 

Analysis

The mole is atypical: the border is irregular, the color is uneven, and it's 0.4 inch (10 mm) long. The mole should therefore be examined by a physician.

 


Atypical Mole

Analysis

The mole is atypical: it has multiple colors, it is asymmetric, and it has an irregular border. The mole should therefore be examined by a physician.

 


The following are quotations about the risks facing people with atypical moles:

  • Risk of melanoma is related to the number of moles and to dysplastic nevi (atypical moles). In the latter, even if only a few lesions are present.

    - Fitzpatricks Color Atlas of Dermatology
     
  • People with atypical moles should avoid sun exposure, since sunlight may accelerate changes in atypical moles. Persons with atypical moles should consult a physician for any changes that may indicate skin cancer.

    - hopkinsmedicine.org
     
  • Those who have dysplastic nevi (atypical moles) without family history of melanoma face a 7 to 27 times higher risk for developing melanoma.

    - WebMD.com

Customer's Comment: About 3mm diameter. Not recent. Not sure if changing.

 

Atypical Mole

Analysis

The mole has multiple colors and should definitely be looked at by a physician.

Other than the multiple colors, the features of the mole appear to be safe: It has a regular border, it is rather symmetric, and it is smaller than 6 mm.

 

To read more about the ABCDE features of a mole please see for example:

https://patienteducation.osumc.edu/Documents/melano.pdf

 


Customer's Comment: I had the mole in the attached picture on my under arm for at least ten years. It has never changed its shape, it is about 7 mm x 5 mm, it is rather flat but has some raises.

 

Atypical Mole

Analysis

The mole appears to be somewhat asymmetric, has multiple colors, and the border is irregular. It should therefore be examined by a physician.

 


Customer's Comment:

8 millimeters
Male
Age 35
Mole has gotten larger over past year
I work outside in construction
Located on temple at hairline


Thanks

 

Atypical Mole

Atypical Mole

Analysis

The mole is atypical: the color is uneven and the mole is larger than 6mm. In addition you noted in your email that the mole has changed. The mole should therefore be examined by a physician.

 


Customer's Comment: I have had this mole on the lower right side of my back for approx 3 or 4 yrs.
It is approx 5 to 6 mm almost exact size of a pencil eraser.
Thank you.

 

Atypical Mole

Analysis

The mole is highly asymmetric and should therefore be examined by a physician ASAP.

 


Customer's Comment: I have this mole in my right cheek since birth. I am 25 years old now.

Best Regards

 

Atypical Mole

Analysis

The mole is atypical: it's asymmetric, it's larger than 6mm, the color is uneven, and the border is irregular. The mole should therefore be examined by a physician.

To read more about the ABCDE features of a mole please see for example:

https://patienteducation.osumc.edu/Documents/melano.pdf

 


Disclaimer

Opticom Data Research uses an automated process to check for similarities between your skin mole and 100s of skin mole images on the Web that are tagged as "skin cancer" or "melanoma." Opticom Data Research is NOT responsible for the diagnosis of the Web moles (i.e. whether specific skin moles are indeed cancerous) nor does it claim that these similarities are medically significant. Use the mole analysis report for educational purposes only. It is NOT designed to replace a mole check by your doctor, regular self exams of moles in front of a mirror, or any other mole monitoring measures. The report should not be used for diagnosing skin cancer or any other medical problems.


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