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dr. did not take a biopsy my moles. Now i am worried

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Laser mole removal without biopsy, melanoma risk?

I had laser mole removal done today on two raised dark moles on my face, i've been reading that it is pretty standard practice to biopsy moles before removing them, the doctor however did not take a biopsy my moles. Now i am worried if they happened to be cancerous, how will i be able to tell and what will happen? Can the part of the mole that is inside the skin become cancerous? What should i do?

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replied April 27th, 2012
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

I can understand your concern for these moles but had the moles been suspicious, the doctor would have himself send them for biopsy. Melanomas are usually >6 mm in size,with irregular borders ,asymmetrical and dark in color.

You should not worry about these moles but if you have symptoms like loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and fatigue, then you should have an evaluation done from your doctor.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations, and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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