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Mole on back, jagged edges.

I have just scratched my back and it felt like i had something stuck to it, i then realised that a mole that i have had for years has become raised and looks a bit dry. It looks jagged around the edges but I can t remember if it always looked like this. Is this something to worry about?
Asked On : Sat, 24 Mar 2012
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When viewing nevi (moles) and evaluating them for malignancy we look for
A - assymetry: If you were to fold the mole in half, is the mole a mirror image, i.e. the same on both sides?
B - border: Are the edges of the mole smooth and concise?
C - color: Does the mole have the same color throughout?
D - diameter: Is the mole larger than a pencil eraser?
E - evolving: Has the mole changed, i.e. grown larger, changed colors, generally not the same as it used to be?

Nevi can change over time and not be malignant. But if the lesion has in any way changed, you may need to see your family physician for evaluation and a biopsy if necessary. A biopsy would remove the mole and have it examined for malignancy.

Be well,
Dr. Kimberly
Answered: Sat, 24 Mar 2012
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