Just like the rest of the skin on your body, a mole can become injured and bleed as a result. A mole might bleed because it’s been scratched, pulled on, or bumped up against an object. Sometimes moles become itchy. The process of itching them can tear at your skin and cause bleeding.
Is a bleeding mole always cancer?
Although it may not be serious, a mole that bleeds is a possible sign of melanoma — a rare but serious skin cancer that can spread if left untreated.
How do you treat a bleeding mole?
How Bleeding Moles are Treated
- Apply a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol to sterilize the wound.
- Put some pressure on the area to stop the bleeding.
- Cover the area with a bandage, but avoid getting adhesive on the surrounding skin.
- Call your dermatologist if the mole continues to bleed.
Can a mole rupture?
Strong friction or trauma can cause moles to rupture. Although this causes some anxiety and worry there is no need to be alarmed. As Professor Antonio Costanzo Head of Dermatology at Humanitas explains, a mole may become dangerous when it breaks.
What happens if you accidentally scratch a mole off?
Accidentally scratching off a mole is likely to cause bleeding and damage the under layer of the skin, resulting in the skin vessels becoming prone to injury. This can be painful but is unlikely to be harmful or lead to any further damage.
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.
When should I worry about a mole?
It’s important to get a new or existing mole checked out if it: changes shape or looks uneven. changes colour, gets darker or has more than 2 colours. starts itching, crusting, flaking or bleeding.