Misconceptions about neavuses


In the large number of people there are misconceptions that neavus shouldn’t be touched. Our experts claim differently that neavus should be moved specially when it is indicate. Situation in which neavus should be eliminate are:

Also, there are misconceptions that neavus by injury becomes malignant, and that is not true. Injuring can lead in complications in sense of bleeding, infection and similar, but neavus can’t become malignant on this way. This misconceptions is developed because malignant melanoma in intensive faze of its growth starts to bleed spontanly and that is wrong related to injury.

One more misconception about neavuses, is that changes that looks ‘’ugly’’ are malignant. That can be true, but it is not necessary seborrhic ceratosis, that is completely benign, can , if it is black, look like neavus. And there are some cases when skin changes cosmetically looks like just fine, and be at the same time malignant.

Naked-age review of neavus can’t give us much information about neavus, until we do dermatoscopic examination of neavus( when we see neavus structure and then we score neavus         ( based on 3 to 7 criterions), and after that we determinate if it is malignant neavus or skin cancer, and then decide is it should be followed or not).

Misconception about congenital neavus, neavus that we have from the birth, is that on them can appear malignant melanoma, specially if they are big.

It is recommended to perform  dermatoscopic review on each person, from puberty to old age because melanoma can occur in old people and in young as well. It is primarly important to diagnose on time, because healing is about 100%. When we detect malignant melanoma in early faze.

mr sci dr Miloš Trojanović

specialist dermatovenerology