A mole growing back does not necessarily have a connection with skin cancer in all cases. For some people, a mole growing back after surgical removal simply means that some of the mole cells were left behind in the skin, thus allowing them to regrow.
Is it normal for moles to grow back after removal?
If a common mole is removed completely, it should not grow back. However, some residents may experience the regrowth of a mole if some of the mole cells were left behind after the mole removal procedure. But a mole that grows back does not mean it is cancerous.
What does it mean when a mole falls off and grows back?
Raised moles may be accidentally torn off. The area may bleed and scar, or even become infected. When a mole is torn off, it may be temporarily less visible. However, the melanocytes that initially caused the mole will still be present after an injury and may cause the mole to regrow.
How do you tell if a mole is coming back?
Signs that a mole should be checked include:
- asymmetrical shape.
- irregular borders.
- more than one or uneven distribution of color.
- larger than 6 mm (the size of a pencil eraser) in diameter.
- evolving (meaning any change in shape, size, color)
Do moles get bigger over time?
Over time, they usually enlarge and some develop hairs. As the years pass, moles can change slowly, becoming more raised and lighter in color. Some will not change at all. Some moles will slowly disappear, seeming to fade away.
What moles are cancerous?
Malignant melanoma, which starts out as a mole, is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, killing almost 10,000 people each year. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can be almost any color; skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanomas are caused mainly by intense UV exposure.