Examining your skin regularly can help to detect any suspicious moles early. It is much better to be on the safe side. While most moles are benign and normal and do not give any cause for concern, sometimes suspicious moles become apparent and these are the ones that have the potential to turn into melanoma and should be checked by a medical professional.
Common moles are usually small (less than a quarter of an inch in diameter) with well defined borders and they are all one color, whether pink or brown or anything in between. Normal moles are very common as everyone has at least one and many people will have anything up to 40 moles somewhere on their body.
Suspicious moles have various symptoms that alert us to the fact that they might cause a problem. Dermatologists have even developed criteria for suspicious moles and this is known as the ABCDEs and stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter and elevation.
It is useful to remember this when checking your skin on a regular basis, and to properly identify nevi before beginning mole symptom treatment. Here is what to look out for during a mole self examination:
- Irregular or fuzzy borders – normal moles are completely symmetrical. If you were to draw a line through a normal mole, you would have two symmetrical halves. A suspicious mole would be asymmetrical.
- Diameter of larger than a quarter of an inch
- The color of such moles may smudge into the surrounding skin
- Instead of a single color, the suspicious mole could have several different colors in one mole
- The additional colors could be white, blue, gray or black
- There could be some new hair growth in the mole
- The mole could be bleeding
- The mole could contain an ulcer that does not heal
- There could be a change in the surface texture of the mole with redness, inflammation, scaliness, erosion, oozing, crusting, ulceration or bleeding
- There is a change in sensation, especially itching, tenderness or pain
- The mole is raised above the surface of the surrounding skin and has an uneven surface.
If you feel you have a suspicious mole, go for a mole diagnosis and evaluation with a dermatologist, medical practitioner or physician. If they are concerned, they will have the mole removed under local anesthetic as soon as possible and examined under the microscope by a pathologist for a mole diagnosis.
You will be pleased to know that most moles removed turn out to be non malignant.
If you decide to remove a benign mole yourself in the comfort of your own home, a natural method is with H-Moles Formula which works successfully to treat symptoms on all parts of the body including moles on the face and neck. No irritation, no scarring and completely painless – guaranteed!