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Thank you for the question. If a mole is suspicious or looks irregular, the doctor will do a biopsy and send the mole for histological testing. During the biopsy, the mole is removed surgically under local anaesthesia and the specimen sent for histology. Based on the histology, it can be determ...
31 Oct 2019
Thank you for the question. The most important sign of a mole becoming cancerous is the evolution of the mole or changes to a mole . If the mole is growing quickly in size, and becoming more raised and painful, I would advise you to see your doctor or dermatologist get it checked o...
31 Oct 2019
Plantar warts are small and will grow on the heels or other areas of your feet that are often put to pressure. Whereby the pressured area will form a thick and hard layer of skin, causing plantar warts to grow inward beneath this skin. Because of this, skin lesions may appea...
3 Oct 2019
Actinic keratosis commonly presents as a scaly papule or a small rough scaly patch , commonly on sun-exposed areas. The scales are typically described as adherent and are difficult to peel off . As the name 'actinic' suggests, this is due to excessive cumulative sun exposure thr...
13 Sep 2019
There are a number of skin conditions that can present with scaly skin patches. Common causes include: Fungal infection. Fungal infection occurs when the immune system of humans cannot prevent a fungus from taking over the infected area. Psoriasis. Psoriasis is a sk...
10 Sep 2019
Hi, To prevent further UV damage, avoid further UV exposure, use protective gears (UV protective clothing, sun-hats, umbrella), and regular use of high-quality sunscreens. Oral sunscreens may give additional benefits. To repair damage that has already been done, consider using...
21 Aug 2019
SPF or Sun Protection Factor indicates the level of protection against UVB radiation . Other than the visible light that we can see with our naked eye, the sun transmits UV radiation to the ground as well, which is invisible to us. 95% of these UV rays are UVA rays , with the rem...
19 Aug 2019
Thank you for the question. There are different types of skin cancer. They can be divided into 2 groups - 1) Melanoma and 2) Non-melanoma skin cancers. 1. Melanoma or cancer of the mole is the most serious of the skin cancers as it has a potential to spread and metastasize and ea...
11 Mar 2019

How Do You Know If Your Mole Is Cancerous? An Experienced Skin Doctor Gives Us The Low-Down

How Do You Know If Your Mole Is Cancerous? An Experienced Skin Doctor Gives Us The Low-Down

Moles are kind of like our old friends. After all, they tend to stick around longer than some people in our lives. 

Ranging in size, shape, and colour, most moles seem to be pretty harmless. Some find them a nuisance because they appear at undesirable spots, while others consider their moles to be a special thing that make them unique.

But what if that mole that you've dismissed is potentially a sign of skin cancer?

Here's what an experienced dermatologist, Dr Stephanie Ho, has to say about the questions that she always gets asked.

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If your dermatologist finds an abnormal mole or growth that appears suspicious, then a simple test known as a biopsy needs to be done. It is a quick test that takes 5-10 minutes and a small skin sample is removed after a quick numbing injection. 1-2 stitches are usually applied to...
6 Sep 2018
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