Moles are a form of skin growth that is relatively frequent. A person can probably have more than one on their face and body. The American Academy of Dermatology claims most people have 10 to 40 moles on their skin. Moreover, most Fort Worth moles are harmless and pose no threat. Unless a mole is malignant, it is not necessary to get it removed unless it causes you discomfort. However, eliminating the mole is still an option if you do not like how it affects your look or if it is becoming itchy from rubbing against your clothes.
Overview of moles
Moles are a sort of skin growth that is relatively frequent. Clusters of pigment-forming cells make them look like tiny, dark brown dots (melanocytes). Most individuals have 10-40 moles that form during childhood and adolescence and may alter or vanish over time. The majority of moles are harmless. They seldom develop cancer. It is critical to be aware of changes in your moles and other pigmented areas to diagnose skin cancer, particularly malignant melanoma.
Ways to determine if your moles are cancerous
The best approach to find out if a mole is malignant is to get an annual skin cancer screening with a specialist. If skin cancer runs in your family, your doctor may recommend more regular tests. These are the five warning indications (ABCDE rule) that you should see a doctor:
- Asymmetry: The mole is asymmetrical, with one half looking different than the other.
- Border: Instead of a well-defined edge, the mole has an uneven, scalloped, or fuzzy border.
- Hue: A mole can be brown, black, tan, pink, red, white, or blue.
- Diameter: A mole is more than six millimeters (roughly the size of a pencil eraser).
- Evolution: The mole is changing color, size, and form. If it is fast-expanding, bloody or crusty, uncomfortable, or itching, that is a cause for alarm.
Diagnosis of a cancerous mole
Using the ABCDE rule and routinely checking any new and existing moles, people may be able to recognize the early indications of a malignant mole. People should inspect all skin regions, including their backs and other locations that may be difficult to notice without help. They can utilize a mirror or phone or ask a spouse, family member, friend, or doctor for assistance in these areas.
If a person is concerned about a mole, they should consult a dermatologist, who can inspect it using microscopic or photographic instruments. Other doctors may not have had the essential training to recognize suspicious moles, thus leading to needless biopsies and even postponing therapy. A dermatologist has received specialized training in identifying problematic moles and melanomas. Even with their years of experience, this can sometimes be difficult.
People at high risk of moles can benefit from yearly skin examinations with a dermatologist. However, whatever your risk level, don’t put off visiting a doctor if you have a suspicious mole or area. The longer you wait, the more likely you will have to undergo additional hazardous treatments. A visit to a dermatologist may save your life. Call Northstar Dermatology or book an appointment online to learn more about moles therapy.