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How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

Post: #1
08-12-2012, 08:36 PM
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How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

How often would you recommend having any moles on your body checked out? Is it something you can try to monitor yourself or do you need to check in with a professional often?



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Post: #2
08-15-2012, 12:40 AM
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RE: How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

Also, is wearing a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 really enough? Or should I be wearing an additional sunscreen as well, on top of that?



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Post: #3
08-16-2012, 03:45 AM
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RE: How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

I was watching Dr. Oz the other day and he recommended taking pictures of your moles and if they change in size within three months then you should see your doctor or dermatologist about it because that is rapid growth.



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Post: #4
08-16-2012, 07:54 PM
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RE: How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

(08-16-2012 03:45 AM)sillylucy Wrote:  I was watching Dr. Oz the other day and he recommended taking pictures of your moles and if they change in size within three months then you should see your doctor or dermatologist about it because that is rapid growth.


Thanks for the tip! That is actually a really good idea. But I'll probably get paranoid and imagine I'm seeing growth, even when it is non-existent.



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Post: #5
08-16-2012, 08:18 PM
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RE: How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

I think it really depends. People with a family history of skin cancer should get moles checked if they grow or hurt or feel funny etc...I think that if you have any that are really concerning, it is best to get it checked out immediately. The sooner the better :)



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Post: #6
08-17-2012, 08:52 PM
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RE: How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

day, 04:18 PM&lt;/span&gt;)&lt;/span&gt;KNH55 dateline='( ]dtx-highlighting-item" dtx-highlight-backgroundcolor="lime">er_DE_']<span><span>I think it really depends. People with a family his<span id="dtx-highlighting-item" dtx-highlight-backgroundcolor="cyan">tory of skin canc</span>er should get moles checked if they grow or hurt or feel funny etc...I think that if you have any that are really concerning, it is best<span id="dtx-highlighting-item" dtx-highlight-backgroundcolor="cyan"> to get it checked out im</span>mediately. The soon</span>er the better :)</span>


Thanks for the response! My family doesn't have a very serious history with skin cancer, however, I do have more than a couple moles over my body. But I have a few on my back, which is hard for me to really evaluate. I still don't think there is any pressing issue, I just like to be safe.



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Post: #7
08-19-2012, 02:52 AM
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RE: How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

You only need to get them checked if they change. As in, if you notice any difference in color, if the shape is no longer symmetrical, etc. Otherwise, there's no reason to pay them any attention.



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Post: #8
08-27-2012, 08:24 PM
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(08-19-2012 02:52 AM)Jessi Wrote:  You only need to get them checked if they change. As in, if you notice any difference in color, if the shape is no longer symmetrical, etc. Otherwise, there's no reason to pay them any attention.


I'm just worried if I don't pay any attention, I won't even notice it if they do change.



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Post: #9
08-03-2013, 09:36 AM
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RE: How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

I have heard to just get them checked if you see anything new or they start to change. I like to use the eraser rule. Use a pencil eraser and if they are bigger than that, then you should let your doctor know about them.



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Post: #10
07-09-2014, 07:58 PM
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RE: How Often Should You Get Moles Checked?

I check my moles daily. I think that I am maybe a bit paranoid, but it doesn't take long. While showering, I check their size and shape. I would rather catch things early.



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