How to Tell if a Skin Mole Should Be Removed

mole removal tips

Should I stay or should I go? That song flips through my mind as I stare at a mole on my shoulder. It hasn’t changed, it is still round and light brown. But how do you know if you should see a doctor about having a mole removed?

There are certain things a doctor, or a dermatologist who is a skin specialist, looks for when making the determination.

Here are the warning signs to get a mole checked out by a doctor:

– The mole turns scaly or crusty

– The mole itches a lot

– The mole becomes painful

– The mole changes shape, size or color

The color of a mole may be many different shades of brown, but if it turns in to a different color is when you should see the doctor. The same goes with the shape. If it is irregular shaped and flat to start, but then turns raised and a darker shade of brown, head to your doctor.

The process to remove a mole can be quick and easy if it is a small surface spot. The doctor will freeze the local area and then remove the mole with a knife. The mole – if questionable – will be sent off to be biopsied. If the mole comes back abnormal, the doctor may remove skin spots to see if melanoma or some other skin cancer is present.

You should regularly check your entire body for new moles or changes to existing moles. This includes looking over your back, your neck and any place not normally visible in the mirror. You might need your significant other to check or if that’s not an option, visit a dermatologist once a year.

People with fair skin usually have the most moles, because of their light skin. But anyone can have a mole that changes which could be at risk of turning in to something dangerous that needs to be looked over. Remember to wear sunscreen if you are going to be out for a long amount of time – no matter what skin type you have! The sun could speed up the changing process of a mole as well.

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