Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Lesion Symptoms

Characteristics of a normal mole include:

  • Color is tan, brown, or black
  • Sharp borders
  • Round or oval shape
  • Less than 6 mm (1/4 inch) in diameter
  • Symmetric: one side has the same shape as the other

Symptoms of an abnormal skin lesion include:
  • Skin lumps that bleed or crack
  • Skin lumps that have an irregular border
  • Skin lumps that have inconsistent coloration
  • Skin lumps that change size or shape
  • Mole that changes in appearance
  • Moles over 6 mm in diameter
  • New skin growth that rises above the level of the skin surface
  • New skin lump or skin bump on the skin
  • One side of a skin lesion does not look like the other
  • Skin growth that is scaly, crusty, or oozing
  • Skin lesions that do not heal
  • Skin lesion or growth that has blood vessels in it

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Last Updated: Sep 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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