Dr. Seher Arı

Moles

Moles are pigmented skin cell clusters emerging on the surface of the skin. Adults may have dozens of moles in average. These are mainly in brown or pink color; emerge, wane off and even change shape in time. Changes in the look of moles may be the signs of melanoma or a malignant skin cancer. No matter where they’re located on our body, moles should be tracked regularly.

That’s why it’s very important to check your body regularly. It’s sometimes difficult to make a whole body check. It’s recommended that you begin examination on your own with your face including back of your ears, hair roots and even inner of your mouth. If you’re unsure whether you can notice the changes in skin marks, moles, general pigments or tissues, you may need to get support from an expert.

Important characteristics to examine while checking for moles are: (1) asymmetry, (2) borders, (3) color, (4) diameter and (5) growing blemish. Two halfs of a mole should be equal in regard to symmetry. Borders of a mole should be solid and neat. Although moles can be in various colors, especially a dark mole or a mole with an inconsistent color should be examined by a dermatologist. And if the mole’s diameter is bigger than 5mm it again requires a dermatologist’s examination. Another issue of concern is the change in the size and shape of the mole.

Whole body examination is an easy process that can be performed by your dermatologist to lessen your cocerns. Only a single dermatologist can give you a reliable idea on how to treat and cut moles. Most of the moles are benign but in cases they’re not, you can regain your health with early diagnosis and treatment by your dermatologist. Your dermatologist may conduct a biopsy on specific moles and remove them completely.

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