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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Mole symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: Not all malignant melanoma arise in pre-existing pigmented moles. A lesion that appears quite quickly over a few weeks or months may also undergo malignant change.
Why: the early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma profoundly affects the prognosis.
Why: e.g. symptoms of malignant change in a mole include change in size, change in shape, change in color, itch, bleeding. Benign moles rarely cause any serious symptoms. They may be disfiguring, protrude above the skin surface and catch on clothes.
Why: Everyone (except albinos) have a few moles at birth but the number increases during life. During childhood and adolescence moles may become more pigmented or completely regress. When enlarging and getting darker, a mole on a child may be difficult to distinguish from a malignant melanoma, but true malignant (cancerous) change in a mole is uncommon before puberty.
Why: Moles are more common in Caucasians living in hot countries, such as Australia, because the skin is exposed to a greater quantity of ultraviolet light.
Why: increases risk of melanoma.
Why: e.g. dysplastic naevi, malignant melanoma.
Why: e.g. change in surface; itching; increase in size, shape or thickness; change in color; bleeding.
Why: may suggest malignant change.
Why: suggests malignant change.
Why: may suggest malignant change. Usually the bleeding is slight but recurs each time the scab is rubbed off.
Why: e.g. depigmented halo around a central dark colored mole. The central mole gradually disappears.
The following list of conditions have 'Mole symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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