Bleeding/Enlarging/Tender Moles

What Causes Bleeding/Enlarging/Tender Moles?

Bleeding/enlarging/tender moles can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose bleeding/enlarging/tender moles, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "bleeding/enlarging/tender moles" as a symptom.  For example, melanoma.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
significant mouth sores
dark lines under nails
light hair
light eye color
black/brown fingernails
melanoma in family members
history of melanoma
having very many common moles
melanoma
many irregular dark moles
lighter/paler skin color
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bleeding/enlarging/tender moles.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about bleeding/enlarging/tender moles:
Do you have moles that bleed, are enlarging, are painful, or are tender?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ A few / minor problem
→ Several / definitely an issue
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either no bleeding/enlarging/tender moles or bleeding/enlarging/tender moles, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Melanoma. Melanomas may initially look like moles, but distinguish themselves from normal moles by changing in size (enlarging), shape and color.  In other words, melanomas become larger, more irregularly shaped and usually darker and more uneven in color.

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