The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can be almost any color; skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanomas are caused mainly by intense UV exposure. If malignant melanoma is recognized and treated early, like in my case, it is almost always curable.
What does a cancerous mole look like?
The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred. The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue. The spot is larger than ¼ inch across – about the size of a pencil eraser – although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
What Colour are cancerous moles?
While benign moles are usually a single shade of brown, a melanoma may have different shades of brown, tan or black. As it grows, the colors red, white or blue may also appear.
When should you be worried about a mole?
If you have any moles that are larger than most, have smudgy or irregular edges, are uneven in colour or have some pinkness, you should see a doctor and get them checked. Any moles that appear newly in adulthood should be checked. The most concerning sign, however, is a changing mole.
Can a normal mole be two colors?
Most moles have only one or two colours, whereas cancerous moles – melanomas – can be an uneven mixture of light brown, dark brown, black, red or pink.
How do I know if my mole is bad?
Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half. Border: The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular. Color: The mole has different colors or it has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red. Diameter: The diameter of the mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
Is a melanoma raised or flat?
Usually melanomas develop in or around an existing mole. Signs and symptoms of melanoma vary depending on the exact type and may include: A flat or slightly raised, discolored patch with irregular borders and possible areas of tan, brown, black, red, blue or white (superficial spreading melanoma)
What does early stage melanoma look like?
Early warning signs of melanoma
Asymmetry: The mole has an irregular shape. Border: The edge is not smooth, but irregular or notched. Color: The mole has uneven shading or dark spots. Diameter: The spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
What happens if you pick a mole off?
Cutting off any growth increases your risk of infection, especially if the tool you use isn’t properly sanitized. You can also create a permanent scar where the mole once was. Another risk of removing a mole yourself is that you can’t tell if a mole is cancerous. A mole could be melanoma.
Can a mole change and not be cancer?
No. A dysplastic nevus is more likely than a common mole to become cancer, but most do not become cancer.
Is a new mole something to worry about?
Almost all moles are benign (noncancerous). But new moles in an adult are more likely to become cancerous than old moles. If a new mole appears when you’re older, or if a mole changes in appearance, you should see a dermatologist to make sure it’s not cancerous.
What is the difference between a mole and a melanoma?
The ABCDE checklist should help you tell the difference between a normal mole and a melanoma: Asymmetrical – melanomas usually have 2 very different halves and are an irregular shape. Border – melanomas usually have a notched or ragged border. Colours – melanomas will usually be a mix of 2 or more colours.
Can a mole appear overnight?
Moles, or nevi, typically form during childhood and adolescence, but new moles can appear in adulthood. Although most moles are noncancerous, or benign, the development of a new mole or sudden changes to existing moles in an adult can be a sign of melanoma.
Is a black mole normal?
A normal mole is usually an evenly colored brown, tan, or black spot on the skin. It can be either flat or raised. It can be round or oval.
Can a mole be 2 shades of brown?
Atypical moles are usually more than two different shades of brown and are not the same color throughout (see drawing). They can sometimes look like a type of skin cancer called melanoma, but they are not melanoma.
What different color moles mean?
Benign moles are usually one uniform color throughout. They can be brown, or black or pink, as long as they are one single color. Cancerous or pre-cancerous moles are multicolored. If the mole has more than one color, get it looked at.