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If you have a mole where “the sun don’t shine,” should you worry about skin cancer? Yes, in fact, you should, and dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra explains why. Moles that are not exposed to the sun are actually at the biggest risk for the least common but most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma. Dr. Batra reminds viewers of the ABC guidelines when checking out moles:
C: color variation
D: large diameter
Charles, The Doctors’ supervising producer, had two moles on his hips which he had Dr. Batra check out. Using the ABCs, there were some concerns Dr. Batra had. One of Charles’ moles had some variability in color and a slightly indistinct border. Dr. Batra biopsied both moles; the first was mildly irregular but she got the whole thing out and the second one came back as more moderate to severely atypical. Charles needs to return to Dr. Batra to have more of that mole removed. Luckily, he caught it in time, and it should be a reminder to everyone to get regular skin checks and if they see a mole that looks irregular, visit a professional to get it checked out!
Next up, The Doctors address a question from a Twitter follower: I bumped my leg on a spin bike at the gym weeks ago, and I still have the bruise 3 weeks later! Should I be concerned?
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains a bruise is just bleeding into the tissue and it’s old blood that hasn’t been removed by our bodies yet. Dr. Batra says in this case, 2-3 weeks is normal for a bruise, especially if it’s soft. She says when you should worry is if the bruise feels hard or firm under the skin, then, it may be a hematoma. A hematoma is a true collection of blood that’s clotting under the skin’s surface and would need to be drained out to properly resolve the problem.
In the case of this Twitter user, he knew where the bruise came from. He should have applied ice immediately for the first 48 hours before changing over to a warm compress. Down the line, if the bruise persists he could try things like cryotherapy as well as pills of bromelain or arnica. Or, arnica also comes in the form of a gel or cream. Dr. Ordon points out if you have a collection of bruises that you don’t know where they are from, that may be a sign that something else is going on with your body.