What if a mole grows back?

What causes a mole to grow back?

A: If a mole has been removed by cutting it off so that it is level with the skin, some cells may remain below the skin. These can act as a “seed” and cause it to regrow.

Can a mole disappear and come back?

When a new mole appears, or a previously stable mole begins changing, this could be an early warning sign of cancer. What about when a mole disappears? Moles can and do disappear, and a disappearing mole is not often a cause for concern.

Do moles grow with age?

“For example, moles on the face can start out as brown patches, and over time as we grow older, these moles can raise up, lose color and simply become flesh-colored bumps.” Moles can lighten or darken in color, and raise or flatten. Sometimes, moles can even disappear altogether.

When should I worry about a mole on my back?

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 do moles look like when cancerous?

Border – melanomas usually have a notched or ragged border. Colours – melanomas will usually be a mix of 2 or more colours. Diameter – most melanomas are usually larger than 6mm in diameter. Enlargement or elevation – a mole that changes size over time is more likely to be a melanoma.

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Are moles bad?

Moles are usually harmless. They may contain hairs or become raised or wrinkled. Talk to your doctor about any change in the color or size of a mole or if itching, pain, bleeding or inflammation develops.