Moles, also formally called nevi or nevus, are common and almost all adults have at least a few. Moles range in color from light pink or even skin toned to dark brown and sometimes even black. Having between 10-50 moles can be normal and mole production usually starts in childhood.
Although small and slow changes to a mole are generally benign, significant change in symmetry, borders, colors and/or diameter need to be reviewed and seen by your dermatologist. Your skin and your moles are partially made up of melanocytes, the potential precursor to a deadly skin cancer, melanoma. If a melanoma is found early, the success rate of removing your melanoma can exceed 97%. If your melanoma is found late, the choices and options are less than optimal.
Protecting yourself from the sun can lower your long-term risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. In addition, please check your skin once monthly. If you see a mole that is changing, itching, or bleeding, please immediately call us to make an appointment with your dermatologist.
Dermatology is the specialty that knows your skin the best. Don’t wait, call your dermatologist today.