Many of us have numerous moles of varying shapes and sizes on our skin and we fail to give them the attention that they may need.
This is sadly how people can miss a mole that may actually be dangerous and lead to future problems. Cosmetically speaking, a mole might also be located in an undesirable spot or be of an undesirable shape or color. So how do you know if you should have that mole removed? This is where our dermatology providers come in. They will consult with you to determine whether or not your mole is a potential problem and then devise a treatment plan tailored to you.
Not all moles are cancerous, but certainly some can be or can eventually become cancerous. There is an increased risk of skin cancer for those who do not remove their moles, especially ones that may be suspect. For instance, if you have a mole that seems to be changing in size, shape or color, then you definitely want to have that removed. Getting regular skin cancer screenings is incredibly important when it comes to your health and ultimately cancer prevention.
The ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer
We like to talk to patients about the ABCDEs of skin cancer prevention. The letter “A” is for asymmetry (when one side of the mole differs from the other half), “B” is for border (an irregular border), “C” is for color variation (a change in color), “D” is for diameter (if a mole is larger than 6mm), and “E” is for evolving (any mole that has changed shape, size or color should be evaluated immediately by a dermatology provider).
The Most Common Mole Removal Methods
After assessing your moles and understanding your specific situation, we will devise a treatment plan that will work best for you. We’ve had great success with what is called “shaving.” This simply means that we shave the mole off with a scalpel, making it flush with your skin. Another treatment option that we regularly use for moles is laser mole removal. However, as the laser destroys the pigment, we need to first determine that the mole is benign. We make sure to test all moles in order to ensure that there is no cancer present. For peace of mind, get seen by a dermatology provider today. Even if you are just a little bit skeptical about the size and / or shape of your mole, we urge you to seek treatment as soon as you can.
Skin cancer is preventable; see your dermatology provider, get screenings, and know on your own what to be looking for as far as your moles go.