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By Anonymous October 26, 2010 - 4:55pm
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I just had an atypical mole cut out today. it was very black with a white lookin center in it. i was just wondering if it is true that cancer spreads when air hits it? also right next to the atypical mole there is a place that my dr asked if i had already had one removed from there. it is a non pigment looking scar. it has just recently appeared in the past few months or so. could this spot have anything to do with the atypical mole that was just removed? thanks connie from west ky

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Hi Connie - Thanks for sharing information about your situation. Did your doctor tell you that there would be a biopsy of the tissue that was removed? The biopsy will determine whether the mole was cancerous or benign.

In terms of understanding cancer, let's start with the basic definition. It is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell division leading to the growth of abnormal tissue. Cancer is not contagious and it is not spread when air hits it.

The doctor was evaluating your past medical history when he asked the question about the "non pigment looking scar" you mentioned. If he had felt that there was a current medical concern about that area he would have said so.

Dis you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? Since you have already had one suspicious mole removed, and most likely are now waiting on the results of a biopsy, you may want to become more familiar with the ways to prevent and check for skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation has a lot of valuable information and can be found at http://www.skincancer.org/For-Women/

Take care,

October 26, 2010 - 6:12pm
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