Moles usually develop during the first twenty years of our lives but may also appear later. These small clusters of colored skin cells can look dark brown or black and may be flat or slightly elevated along the skin’s surface. Since moles can appear anywhere on the body, you should keep track of their location to notice any changes that may occur over time.
It is important to note that most moles are usually normal and do not threaten your health, even those that may look suspicious or quirky. However, it is crucial not to ignore the possibility of a cancerous mole. To stay safe, it is essential to be aware of certain kinds of changes and to take any alarming signs seriously.
Follow the ABCDE skin assessment for melanoma:
By the ABCDE method, you can identify potential moles or skin growth issues quickly and easily. If you have one or more warning signs, make an appointment with our doctor for a professional melanoma screening.
A round, circular mole is no cause for concern. But it is a warning sign if you cannot draw a line down its middle without getting two matching halves. If the mole shape is irregular or asymmetrical, show it to our doctor for screening.
Uneven, jagged, or poorly defined borders may cause concern. Non-cancerous moles usually have relatively smooth, round edges.
Regular moles are consistently brown, black, or grey. Melanoma lesions can have different shades of pigment scattered throughout them. Melanomas may also appear as a non-pigmented bump on the surface of your skin, so a lack of color on an odd bump or growth should also be considered.
The size of a pencil eraser is about 6 millimeters in diameter. A professional should regularly examine any spot larger than that.
If a mole or skin lesion looks different than the rest, or if it changes in size, shape, color, elevation, or has other characteristics like itching, tenderness, pain, oozing, flaking, or bleeding, consult a doctor immediately.
The essential underlying factor to be noted throughout melanoma prevention is change. If your doctor examines a suspicious mole and considers it potentially dangerous, a biopsy will be performed to acquire a diagnosis.
While many awkward-looking moles are not dangerous, they may cause severe discomfort. Mole removal is easy, relatively simple, and not very painful. One of the keys to a successful removal procedure is finding a medical expert with great skill and experience in removal.
If you are tired of living with an uncomfortable, ugly, or potentially dangerous mole, please consult with Dr. Varjú, our expert at FirstMed, who has helped many people get rid of their uncomfortable moles through the safe and easy process of hyfrecation. We offer convenient Saturday consultations with special prices.
Updated: December, 2023