Moles are very common, often harmless marks on the skin that can range from light brown to almost black. While they are predominantly benign, they can also be the first of the skin’s features to signal underlying conditions, such as skin cancer. One of the best ways to prevent dangerous diseases from developing undetected is to schedule an annual mole check at one of our Greater Houston, TX, dermatology locations.
What Is and Isn’t Normal When It Comes to Moles?
It’s normal to have brown, black, or reddish spots on the skin that maintain their shape and size over time. However, you may want to schedule a mole check if you notice any of the ABCDEs:
- Asymmetry (one half of the mole doesn’t match the other)
- Border irregularity
- Color that is not uniform
- Diameter greater than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser)
- Evolving size, shape or color
Why Are Mole Checks Important?
Mole checks can lead to more in-depth skin cancer screenings and can catch any signs of developing cancers as early as possible. This allows for more effective treatment and prevents concerns from going undetected for long periods of time.
What Does a Mole Check Involve?
During a mole check, your dermatologist will examine any spots of concern to determine whether additional testing or tracking may be necessary. He or she will make records of any notable moles to keep an eye on for future checks.
How Often Do I Need Mole Checks?
It’s best to visit a dermatologist for mole checks annually. However, you should make an appointment whenever you notice any of the above irregularities in new or existing moles. If you spend lots of time in the sun, you may want to schedule mole checks more frequently.
To learn more about mole checks, please contact one of our specialists at a location near you.
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