How big does a mole have to be to be cancerous?

What size mole is suspicious?

While it’s ideal to detect a melanoma when it’s small, it is a warning sign if a lesion is the size of a pencil eraser (about 6 mm, or ¼ inch in diameter) or larger. Some experts say it is also important to look for any lesion, no matter what size, that is darker than others.

Can you tell if a mole is cancerous by looking at it?

No. “But having these types of moles is a risk factor for developing melanoma and, unfortunately, there’s no way to tell for sure if a mole is atypical or cancerous without visiting your dermatologist, so it’s important to stay on the lookout,” says Dr. McNeill.

Can a 1 mm mole be cancerous?

Melanoma stages are described as: Stage 0 – the melanoma is on the surface of the skin. Stage 1A – the melanoma is less than 1mm thick. Stage 1B – the melanoma is 1mm to 2mm thick, or less than 1mm thick and the surface of the skin is broken (ulcerated) or its cells are dividing faster than usual.

What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?

Stage I melanoma is no more than 1.0 millimeter thick (about the size of a sharpened pencil point), with or without an ulceration (broken skin). There is no evidence that Stage I melanoma has spread to the lymph tissues, lymph nodes, or body organs.

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When should I be worried about a mole?

If you have any moles that are larger than most, have smudgy or irregular edges, are uneven in colour or have some pinkness, you should see a doctor and get them checked. Any moles that appear newly in adulthood should be checked. The most concerning sign, however, is a changing mole.

What does a cancerous mole feel like?

Also, when melanoma develops in an existing mole, the texture of the mole may change and become hard or lumpy. The skin lesion may feel different and may itch, ooze, or bleed, but a melanoma skin lesion usually does not cause pain.

Can you have stage 4 melanoma and not know it?

When stage 4 melanoma is diagnosed after a scan, there may be no symptoms at all, and it can be difficult to believe the cancer has spread. However, people with stage 4 melanoma may have a very wide range of symptoms. People who have melanoma diagnosed in the brain are told not to drive.

Is 7mm mole big?

melanomas are usually more than 7mm wide; normal moles are not usually bigger than the blunt end of a pencil.

Can a normal mole be bigger than 6mm?

Normal moles are generally round or oval, with a smooth edge, and usually no bigger than 6mm in diameter. But size is not a sure sign of melanoma. A healthy mole can be larger than 6mm in diameter, and a cancerous mole can be smaller than this.

Can melanoma be 3mm?

All melanomas have a diameter lower than 5 mm, with a mean of 3.7 mm (range 2.5–4.5 mm). According to naked eye examination only 2 of 8 melanomas had irregular borders, and 3 out of 8 were asymmetric and had multiple colors.

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