Patient discussion about mole

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Q. How can you know if a mole is a skin cancer or not?

I'm only 15, but I’ve had this small thing on my right shoulder for a reeeeaaaally long time. It's the same color as my skin. It’s smaller than the head of a pencil eraser, perfectly round, and its smooth. I've never worried about it seriously, until about a week ago, when I read an article in a magazine about skin cancer. Even then I wouldn't have worried about it, because It didn't really match any of the symptoms, except one. It did bleed once about 2 1/2 years ago. And it said bleeding was a big sign I don't know, what do you think? And please try and say something other than," go have it checked out". Because I currently have no insurance. Thanks :]
A1If I’m not mistaken- there are clinics that do free checkups for skin cancer. I know that in my town there are couple. Here is a link I got when I googled “do free checks for skin cancer”:
http://skinsurgeryclinic.co.nz/free.htm
look for one near your home.

A2Sorry, but the answer is – go check it out. My mother had skin cancer, it only been discovered a year and a half after the mole appeared. I go to a regular checkups and my mother too. You are right that it costs money- but when you talk about skin cancer- that stuff can kill you very fast. Sometimes waiting a month or so can be the difference between life and death. And chemotherapy cost a lot more than a mole removal.

Q. My husband has a very small mole that was cut.We can not seem to get it to stop bleeding. Any suggestions?

tried a shaving pencil, and band-aids of every size. Just will not stop bleeding.
AIn this case, you should go see the doctor who took the mole out, or any dermatologist actually, that can burn the spot a little bit to help it stop bleeding.
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