Changing moles

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12/1/2017 8:31pm
Replies: 2

I'm curious... if you have a mole that starts changing, does that means it's ALWAYS been melanoma, or did it just turn into melanoma if it starts changing? Would that mean if you are watching moles carefully you'd be sure to catch melanoma early since you are sure of when it started changing?

also, will melanoma just continuously change? Or is there a point at which they stop changing and are just internally doing bad things. 

Thanks in advance!



Janner - (12/2/2017 - 7:31pm)

No, a changing mole isn't or wasn't always melanoma.  It's just higher risk.  I've had several changing moles biopsied that were not melanoma.  Change is just another warning sign.  In general, melanoma would continue to cause changes to the original tumor and continue to grow.  Nothing is 100% but that is the way it typically works.

Anonymous - (12/24/2017 - 7:11am)

A mole can perfectly change and be totally benign. Generally, a mole that changes and has a warning sign of the ABCd has a high risk of melanoma. Also, a mole that changes but then keeps the same for years has a very low risk of melanoma. Just check your moles and go always to a dermatologist if you find a change.