• IIf you have always had a lot of moles then how do you know when you should get checked for skin cancer? What is suspicious skin activity?

    Asked by Sunnysideup on Monday, April 1, 2013

    IIf you have always had a lot of moles then how do you know when you should get checked for skin cancer? What is suspicious skin activity?

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      Start with your primary care provider. Have a whole body mole check and ask advice regarding frequency of exams. Your primary care provider can get you started, and that provider can refer you to dermatology for a more thorough examination. Then, you should have regular exams.

      If you notice a mole changing, get it checked out. When in doubt, get it checked out!

      I remember reading somewhere that people with loads of moles live longer on average. Don't know where I read that... nor why that could possibly be. But, there it is. If I recall correctly, something like 40 moles is the tipping point.... Interesting, eh? Hmmmm - now I think I need to go figure out where I read that.

      over 7 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I have quite a few freckles and moles and I see a dermatologist once a year for a mole check. My primary is also aware of all my moles and he checks them every time I see him. I am also aware and if I se something new or any changes in the existing moles, I go see my doctor. You know your body best so stay vigilant.

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Ditto...A Dermatologist is your once a year check over go to.

      over 7 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      A yearly checkup is the best answer. Since my diagnosis, I get one every three months. I watch for anything that looks like it might be changing but I'm not obsessive about it. Every shower I take a quick look and once a week a more through look. I used to study the melanoma pictures on line for signs, but oddly enough, it was not one of the moles I had which I felt matched the pictures that did me in. So a pro checkup is necessary.

      over 7 years ago
    • melanomamama's Avatar

      The American Cancer Society says to watch for one or more of these signs in a new or a changed mole, which they call the ABCD rule:

      A: Asymmetry: One half of the spot does not match the other half.
      B: Border Irregularity: Uneven, blurred or splotched borders to a mole.
      C: Color: Several colors in irregular patterns within the mole (blue, black, grey, instead of only even-colored brown.)
      D: Diameter. Common moles are generally less than 1/4 inch across (pencil eraser size.) Melanomas are often larger.

      I have an annual skin check with a dermatologist, but that would spot only a new melanoma (or squamous or basal cell carcinoma.) Those of us with melanoma must also be alert to metastasis, which in the case of melanoma can pop up anyplace in the body.

      Constance Emerson Crooker

      over 7 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      The ABCD rule is ADCDE with ‘E’ standing for Evolving. Any change in size, shape, color, elevation, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting. I get a derm evaluation every twelve weeks but that is because of protocol of the trial I am in. Previously I had annual exams.

      over 7 years ago
    • scl1979's Avatar

      After being diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma, I was seeing the Dermatologist every 3 months. After a year of being "in the clear," I see her every 6 months. She explained to me that any moles that look different from the ones you USUALLY produce should be watched. In other words, if you normally produce a certain shade of mole and something sticks out as "darker" than all the others, this is something that should be payed attention to. If however, you have several other moles that mimic this, than is is probably normal for you. Just ask your Dermatologist to make sure.

      over 7 years ago

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