Most people do not consider mole removal as something important because they do not realize the danger moles can represent. Many of us have numerous moles of varying shapes and sizes on our skin, and we fail to give them the attention they may need. Sadly, this is how people can miss a mole that may be dangerous and lead to future problems. Cosmetically speaking, a mole might also be located in an undesirable spot, shape, or color. So how do you know if you should have that mole removed? This is where our dermatology providers come in, and you can consult with them to determine whether or not your mole is a potential problem and devise a treatment plan tailored to you.
Not all moles are cancerous, but some can be or can eventually become cancerous. There is an increased risk of skin cancer for those who do not have moles removed when they look suspicious. For instance, if you have a mole that seems to be changing in size, shape or color, you definitely want to have it removed. Getting regular skin cancer screenings is incredibly important for your health and, ultimately, cancer prevention.
At Schweiger Dermatology Group, we like to educate our patients about the ABCDEs of skin cancer prevention.
- “A” is for Asymmetry. With melanoma, moles tend to be asymmetrical. Its two halves appear quite different from each other. This is unlike the common, benign moles that tend to be round or oval and symmetrical.
- “B” is for Border. Melanomas tend to be uneven and may have scalloped or notched edges to their borders. This is unlike the common moles, which usually have smooth and even borders.
- “C” is for Color Variation. Melanoma may have different shades of brown, tan, or black. It may even change to red, white, or blue as it grows.
- “D” is for Diameter. Although it is best to spot a melanoma when it is small, increased attention may be warranted if your mole is larger than 6 mm.
- “E” is for Evolving. Any mole that has changed its shape, size, or color should be evaluated immediately by a dermatology provider. Additionally, any new symptom such as bleeding, itching, or crusting around the mole is also a strong indicator of melanoma.
Keeping an eye on your moles can help you detect melanomas early. Remember that getting regular skin cancer screenings is incredibly important for your health and, ultimately, cancer prevention.
Mole Removal Methods
At Schweiger Dermatology Group, our qualified and experienced dermatology providers can provide comprehensive guidance on treating your skin condition(s). After assessing your moles and understanding your specific situation, we devise a treatment plan that works best for you.
The procedure called “shaving” is the most commonly used method for mole removal. During this procedure, we simply shave the mole off with a scalpel, making it flush with your skin. Some moles may also require surgical excision to remove the base.
Another treatment option that can be considered for certain moles is laser mole removal. However, since the laser also destroys pigment, it is important to determine that the mole is benign. We make sure to test all moles to ensure no cancer is present.
Ultimately, know that skin cancer is treatable when caught early. But more importantly, know that skin cancer is also preventable. See your dermatology provider, get screenings, and educate yourself on what to look for to spot moles that could be melanomas.
Mole Removal Near You in NY, NJ, PA, and CT
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 possible. Please call Schweiger Dermatology Group at (844) DERM-DOC to schedule an appointment.
To find a location near you, check out our location pages. We look forward to working together to find the best treatment for your skin!