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Moles are growths on the skin which occur when cells in the skin called melanocytes grow in a cluster with tissue surrounding them. Moles are usually pink, tan, brown, or flesh-colored and they grow all over the body, including the face, and often on the back.
Moles, including back moles, are very common and most people have between 10 and 40 moles. Not every one is born with moles and may develop them. Moles can be flat or slightly raised, and can be targeted for mole treatment. They are usually round or oval and no larger than a pencil eraser. Many moles begin as a small, flat spot and slowly become larger in diameter and raised. Over many years, they may flatten again, become flesh-colored, and even go away.
Although most of those skin growths known as moles are not cancerous, it's important to check with the doctor about new growths or changes in old growths. When growths become cancerous, they may change in size or color, or become sores that do not heal.
Doing a regular skin self-examination is a good way to monitor the skin for early symptoms of skin cancer. Skin self examination is especially important for people who have had skin cancer. It can detect new cancers, and recurrences of past cancer, at an early and most curable stage.
The big problem with moles on the back is that they are difficult to see when checking with self-examination, even with long mirrors and hand magnifying mirrors. If you want to check back moles, then you really need to enlist the help of a friend or partner. And you don't want to miss out on regularly checking those moles on the back because they can just as easily become suspicious moles as any other body moles.
If it is really a problem to either self examine back moles or to get someone to help you, then make the effort to have a once yearly medical examination at your doctor's office and get them checked at the same time.
The Chinese believe moles can be lucky or unlucky depending on where they are located, what colour they are, and how large they appear in proportion to our body. So all the various body moles, and where they appear on the body, have a different meaning. A mole can be a tiny black speck on the feet indicating to the owner opportunities for travel, or it can be a dark red dot on the hand. This is looked upon as indicating a special skill or even good luck associated with the hands.
Moles on our backs denote some kind of burden we have to carry, while moles at the front of our bodies are said to attract success and good luck. The Chinese take it all seriously but to the Western World, it is just a bit of fun. It certainly puts a different perspective on the whole subject of moles.