Most moles are harmless. However, unusual-looking moles, also called atypical moles, are signs of skin cancer. Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center in Teaneck and Saddle River, New Jersey, specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment. When you have moles that concern you, the skilled dermatologists can provide the treatment you need. To have your moles evaluated, call the office most convenient to you or schedule an appointment online today.
Moles are black or brown skin growths. They may grow alone or in groups anywhere on the body.
Moles are common and harmless in most cases. They usually appear during childhood or early adulthood. Most adults have anywhere from 10 to 40 moles.
The pigmented skin growths may change over time, getting lighter in color or becoming raised. They may also disappear.
Though moles are harmless, you should monitor them and have them evaluated by the experts at Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center if you have any concerns about your pigmented skin growth. This includes cosmetic concerns.
An atypical mole is a mole with an irregular color and undefined border. These moles may appear anywhere on the body, including areas not exposed to the sun. An atypical mole is a concern because it may indicate melanoma, a fast-growing skin cancer.
When evaluating your moles, Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center recommends using the ABCDE acronym to find atypical moles:
Certain moles may also put you at risk of developing melanoma and benefit from regular skin exams. This includes congenital nevi, which are moles you’re born with, and dysplastic nevi, which are large, irregular moles that run in families.
The dermatologists at Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center perform a thorough skin exam when you come in with concerns about your moles. They review your medical and family history and examine your mole, along with the rest of your skin.
Treatment for moles depends on the type and concerns. For a common mole that causes no problem, Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center may not recommend any treatment.
However, they recommend immediate removal if they discover an atypical mole during your skin exam. Depending on the depth, location, and color of your mole, your dermatologist may remove it using:
After removal, Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center sends a tissue sample to the pathology lab to confirm or rule out melanoma. If you have melanoma, you may need additional treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.
Don’t wait to schedule your skin exam. Call Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.