Moles are extremely common. Nearly every adult has at least a few. Moles usually develop during childhood or adolescence, and may change over time as you grow. Moles that develop in adulthood can be troublesome, and there are other reasons you may want to have moles removed. If you are ever questioning the health of a mole, it is best to err on the side of caution and see a dermatologist.
Signs of Melanoma
Moles can be early warning signs of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. If caught early, melanoma is highly treatable. Changes in moles that you have had since your childhood or teen years can be a sign of melanoma. New moles that develop in adulthood can also be a sign of the skin cancer. If you have any of these signs of melanoma, it is important to see a doctor right away. The dermatologist may remove the mole and have it biopsied to determine if skin cancer is present.
Sometimes, moles can change over time naturally without cancer being present. Some moles can be very large, or be located in a place that is uncomfortable or problematic. When a mole is causing you discomfort of any kind, it is a good idea to have it removed. Removing the mole is a simple procedure that can be done in your dermatologists office in a short amount of time.
Appearance is the primary reason that many people have moles removed. If you have a particularly large mole on your face, neck, or other frequently exposed body part, it can be a hit to your self-esteem and confidence. Having the mole removed is simple enough that there is no reason not to remove it if it is causing you stress or anxiety.
If you have moles that are troubling you, contact us today for an appointment. We can examine your moles and teach you what to look for so you know when you need to be seen. Contact us today.