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can a mole suddenly appear in your 40's ?

By Anonymous November 6, 2009 - 7:23am
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a co worker said one just popped up on her wrist, she tans quickly also. She accidently scrapped it and it came off bleeding and the open wound has a little lump. she washed it off and put a band aid on it...

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I can understand why your friend would be concerned about the sudden onset of a mole that has not been there before, however, this may not be harmful at all. I do think that she should get seen by her dermatologist-- not just because of the new mole but because she scraped it off as well, you say? Ouch.

Here are the ABCDE's of moles and what she should be looking for that may be red flags:

Asymmetry: If one half of the moles is unlike the other half in shape or color.

Border: If the mole has an irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border on its edges.

Color: If the mole varies in color from one area to another, or has shades of tan, brown, and black, or even white, red, or blue. Most moles are brown and uniformly a darker shade then your natural skin tone.

Diameter: If the diameter is greater than 6mm, or about the size of a pencil eraser. The larger the mole (especially if it's growing fast), the greater the cause for concern.

Evolving: If a mole or skin lesion looks different from the others on your body, or is changing in size, shape, or color.

December 28, 2009 - 4:58am
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