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Birthmarks

Customer's Comment: My 6 year old daughter has had this mole since she was born, however it is growing as she gets bigger and now it is developing some longer, darker hairs. Size is 10mm by 13mm.

 

Birthmark

 

Birthmark

 

Please note that due to the presence of hair, the MoleSense software could not find the correct border of the mole. As a result, no analysis could be done by the software. While the MoleSense software can remove hair from images, if the hair color is similar to that of the skin or the mole, the software cannot remove it.

Analysis

Hairs very commonly develop in congenital moles (moles present from birth). It is also very common for the mole to grow in size as the child grows. In the picture above, since the mole is symmetric and the color is rather uniform, the mole is very likely benign.

As with all congenital moles, the mole should be examined regularly by a physician.

 

Facts about birthmarks:

  • If you are born with a mole, it is considered a birthmark. Sometimes a birthmark appears after birth, usually within the first few months.
     
  • Any change in a birthmark (which may be benign or, in rare cases, could be a sign of skin cancer) should be examined by a physician. A birthmark may change in size, thickness, color, in the way it feels, or it may start bleeding or become infected.

 


Customer's Comment: Hello, I have a 3 years old son which has a birthmark on his face. It appeared when he was 6 months old, but now it is growing very fast. I have attached the picture of it, size is around 10mm.

Thank you in advance

 

Birthmark

 

Birthmark

 

Analysis

If the birthmark is growing rapidly, it needs to be checked by a doctor.

Similarly to any other mole on the body, you need to see a doctor if you notice a change in color, size, or texture of the mole; such a change is usually normal (i.e. benign) in congenital moles (moles present from birth), but in rare cases it may also be skin cancer.

In addition, it's important to use sunscreen.

 


Customer's Comment: Mole on scalp, can you please check this? My two year old has had a mole on his head since birth, however a new shorter haircut has revealed that it seems to look larger with raggedy edges. It may just be that I haven't seen it this clearly for a year or so, but it seems quite large. It's about the size of a pencil eraser. Any advice would be appreciated!

 

Birthmark

 

Birthmark

 

Analysis

Please note that due to the presence of hair, the MoleSense software could not find the correct border of the mole. As a result, no analysis could be done by the software. While the MoleSense software can remove hair from images, if the hair color is similar to that of the skin or the mole, the software cannot remove it.

However, by visually examining the ABCD features of the mole, it appears that the mole is atypical: it is asymmetric, the border is irregular, and the color is uneven. The mole should be examined by a physician ASAP.

 


Customer's Comment: Please can you have a look at this mole. It's on the neck and is approx 10mm in size. It has always been there but has become darker and more raised in recent years.

Thanks for your help.

 

Birthmark

 

Birthmark

 

If the mole has been going through some changes (thickness, color, size) it needs to be examined by a physician.

Skin Cancer Pictures

The MoleSense software could not find any skin cancer images on the Web that had color variations similar to this mole.

 

ABCD Analysis

It is very common for congenital moles to grow in size as the child grows. In the picture above, since the mole is symmetric and the color is rather uniform, the mole is very likely benign.
 

Conclusion

Since the mole is changing it should be examined by a physician.

 



Customer's  Comment: Sole of my right foot, it has always been there but over the last 12 months I have noticed it has got a little bigger. It is 11mm long.

 

Birthmark

 

Birthmark

 

Analysis

If the birthmark is growing, it needs to be checked by a doctor.

Please note that due to the creases in the foot, the MoleSense software cannot analyze this mole.

However, it is very common for congenital moles (moles present from birth) to grow in size as you grow. In the picture above, since the mole is mostly symmetric and the color is rather uniform, the mole is very likely benign.

 


Customer's Comment: Hello, I'm 19 years old and had this mole all my life. Recently it started to itch around it and it just bothers me. It is 1.1 cm long.

 

Birthmark

 

Skin Cancer Pictures

The MoleSense software could not find any skin cancer images on the Web that had color variations similar to this mole.

 

ABCD Analysis

Since the mole is symmetric and the color is rather uniform, the mole is very likely benign. However, since the mole has been going through some changes (itching), it should be examined by a physician.

 


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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