What are moles?
Moles are clumps of melanocytes – pigment-producing cells – that develop on your skin. Also called nevi, moles can be flat, smooth, dark, rough, or raised. Most moles are harmless, but rarely, they can evolve into melanoma, a life-threatening form of skin cancer. In addition, those with numerous moles are at overall higher risk of developing melanoma. A comprehensive skin cancer screening is the most effective technique to ensure the moles you find on your body are benign (noncancerous).
Should I see a dermatologist to have my moles checked?
Yes, you should have the experts at Pure Dermatology examine your skin each year to monitor your moles. If you’ve never had a mole check, call today, or schedule an appointment for an initial visit.
Getting your skin checked regularly may help identify early signs of skin cancer and improve treatment outcomes.
When should I worry about moles?
Understanding the warning signs of melanoma can help protect your skin against cancer. Schedule a skin cancer screening if you have a mole that:
- Changes in color or shape
- Develops uneven borders
- Oozes or bleeds
- Appears crusty or dry
- Becomes raised
Most adults can benefit from yearly skin cancer screenings. These annual skin checks allow the team to closely examine your moles and determine whether any need lab lasting.
What causes moles?
An overproduction of melanocytes causes moles, but certain factors can increase your risk of developing them, such as:
- Fair skin and light eyes
- Sun exposure
- Hormonal changes
Age is also a risk factor, as you tend to develop more moles over time.
What are the treatments for moles?
The best option for removal of moles is with surgical excision. Your surgical team at Pure Dermatology, led by Dr. Chelsey Straight MD, FAAD, board-certified mohs micrographic surgeon, can help remove worrisome moles with the best cosmetic outcome.
Call Pure Dermatology today at 512-766-2610 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about moles.
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