Normal moles are not dangerous, although individual with more moles tend to be at greater risk of skin cancer than those with fewer moles. Even normal moles can become cancer which is called melanoma. Melanomas can arise as a new spot on the skin that is melanoma right from the start. A mole that shows asymmetry, an irregular border, increasing size and multiplies, or changes in color may be a signal of a problem and should be evaluated by us as soon as possible. A skin biopsy may be needed.
Moles are growths of pigment-producing cells in the skin that can appear as a raised or flat brownish/tan or pinkish lesion. Moles are very common and affect nearly everyone. Some individuals only have a few moles, while others can develop hundreds of them. There are different kinds of moles but they typically arise by the time a person reaches their 40s.
Moles aren’t considered dangerous on their own. They’re benign growths that shouldn't cause much discomfort. However, they can get caught on clothing or be itchy at times. However, moles can become abnormal over time and even turn into cancer, which is a melanoma. Melanomas can also arise as a new lesion that is melanoma from the outset. A changing mole can signal that there is a problem. Changes can include asymmetry, an irregular border, increase in size and change in color. Moles that are associated with melanoma can turn black, brown, red, white, or blue. They might also contain multiple different colors rather than one consistent color. If you notice a change in a mole, you should have it evaluated by a dermatologist and may need a skin biopsy performed.
Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment to minimize its chances of spreading through the body.
Abnormal and normal but irritated moles are removed by surgical excision.
Melanoma is removed by surgical excision. In some cases, melanoma may require other forms of treatment such as chemotherapy, lymph node biopsy, radiation or immunotherapy. Appropriate treatment for melanoma depends on several factors, including the exact characteristics of the melanoma, whether the melanoma has spread beyond the skin and characteristics of the patient and his/her health.
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