|Moles are tan to brown or black growths, usually round or oval in shape, that can appear anywhere on the skin. Almost every individual has a few; however, some people may develops hundreds.
The most important thing to be aware of when it comes to moles is that melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can develop in or near a mole. Some moles increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
Types of Moles:
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends regular examinations with a board-certified dermatologist in addition to a monthly head to toe self examination to look for any new or changing moles or other markings on the body.
When examining your moles, the AAD recommends the “ABCDE” method of melanoma detection:
Any one of the above may be an indicator of a concerning mole. A dermatologist should examine any mole that stands out from the rest, is changing, or does not fit the above ABCDE criteria. The doctor may perform a simple procedure in the office called a biopsy to determine whether or not the mole is atypical or cancerous.