Moles that flake off

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8/20/2017 7:13pm
Replies: 4

Has anyone experienced moles that flake or rub off? I've had a couple that if I rubbed my finger back and forth over, they just flake away. Is that a tell-tale sign of them being cancerous? Was never very melanoma-savvy so now im wondering what that might mean. Can melanoma be flaked, rubbed, or scratched off? 

Jamie1960 - (8/21/2017 - 1:44pm)

Actinic keratoses may appear brown and can slough off, particularly when wet. Check for images on line to see if yours appears similar. Under all circumstances, add this particular "mole" to your regular dermatologist appointment for professional evaluation.


Janner - (8/21/2017 - 9:01pm)

Seborrheic keratosis also can have a top that can come off, and they are totally benign but can look ugly.  Only a professional can tell you about yours but there are many possibilities and melanoma wouldn't be at the top of the list.

Anonymous - (8/21/2017 - 9:07pm)

Thank you. What do you think would be the reaction to a melanoma if it were scratched or rubbed off?

Anonymous - (8/21/2017 - 10:50pm)

Melanoma cannot fully get scratched or rubbed off. It can grow something that looks and feels like a scab, which the top off could scratch off and bleed. But, the entire mole would never be able to be completely scratched off.