It may feel bumpy and/or rough to the touch – or you may feel a hard lump. A lump doesn’t have to be big for the growth to be dangerous. Normal moles and freckles are typically smooth and don’t feel rough or bumpy when you go over your skin with your finger.
Can moles have a rough surface?
Moles are usually brownish, but some may be much darker, while others are skin-colored. They can be rough, flat, raised, and have hair growing out of them. They are generally round or oval, and have a smooth edge.
Do moles have texture?
A common mole has a distinct edge that separates it from the rest of the skin. What is the surface texture? Begins as a flat, smooth spot on the skin. May become raised and form a smooth bump.
Is melanoma rough and scaly?
a firm, red lump that bleeds or looks ulcerated or crusty. a flat, red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly.
Should a mole be hard or soft?
Moles can range in colour. They are generally medium to dark brown but can also be skin-coloured or black. The majority of moles are flat, relatively even in colour and regular in shape. Some moles are raised and these are usually soft to touch and lighter in colour.
Why is my mole dry and crusty?
Crusting or scabbing can be a melanoma indicator. A scabbing mole may be especially worrisome if it also bleeds or is painful. So can other changes, including size, shape, color, or itching. Melanomas can scab because the cancer cells create changes in the structure and function of otherwise healthy cells.
What does a cancerous mole feel like?
Redness or a new swelling beyond the border of the mole. Change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness, or pain. Change in the surface of a mole – scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a lump or bump.
Can a crusty mole be benign?
Seborrheic keratosis is a common, benign skin condition. These growths are often referred to as moles.
Is melanoma hard or soft?
It may become hard or lumpy. The surface may ooze or bleed. Sometimes the melanoma is itchy, tender, or painful.
What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?
Stage I melanoma is no more than 1.0 millimeter thick (about the size of a sharpened pencil point), with or without an ulceration (broken skin). There is no evidence that Stage I melanoma has spread to the lymph tissues, lymph nodes, or body organs.
Can a mole become dry?
A mole that becomes itchy, dry, scaly or flaky all of a sudden should certainly raise red flags. It’s important to resist the temptation to scratch it, as this may worsen the problem. If that sounds familiar, book a specialist check straight away to assess for skin cancer and prevent it from spreading any further.
Can moles get dry and flaky?
If you notice your mole has become flaky, with dry or scaly skin newly covering it, you should have it checked by a specialist. Cancerous growths can also become harder. When you touch your mole you will be able to tell whether it feels a lot more firm than before.
Can you have stage 4 melanoma and not know it?
When stage 4 melanoma is diagnosed after a scan, there may be no symptoms at all, and it can be difficult to believe the cancer has spread. However, people with stage 4 melanoma may have a very wide range of symptoms. People who have melanoma diagnosed in the brain are told not to drive.
Why is my mole hard?
Evolving. The mole has been changing in size, shape, color, or appearance, or it is growing in an area of previously normal skin. Also, when melanoma develops in an existing mole, the texture of the mole may change and become hard or lumpy.
Why is my mole hard and sore?
Even though a painful mole can have a non-cancerous cause, some melanomas are accompanied by pain and soreness. Melanoma is a very rare form of skin cancer, but also the most dangerous form. See a doctor for mole pain that doesn’t go away after a few days or a week.
Can moles be firm?
Normal (benign) moles are usually soft to the touch. They might feel ’spongy’ or ’wobbly’ when you press on them. But if a mole feels firm, scaly or rough – or if you can feel a hard lump – it can be a cause for concern.