Moles are a harmless skin lesion that results from the accumulation of pigment cells. Moles can vary in size and can either be flat or protruding. Most moles are harmless but it is important to note that in the event a mole begins to change in color and size, a visit to a dermatologist may be necessary.
The ABCDEs of Melanoma
The biggest concern when it comes to moles is melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Luckily melanoma has a very high survival rate, but early detection and treatment is crucial. The ABCDEs can help you remember the signs of melanoma and when to seek treatment from a dermatologist. The acronym stands for:
Asymmetry: A mole that is asymmetrical, or has one half that is different from the other.
Border: A mole with an irregular or poorly defined border.
Color: A mole with varying colors, has shades of black, white, red, or blue.
Diameter: A mole that is larger than 6mm, about the size of a pencil eraser.
Evolving: A mole that changes in size, shape, or color.
If you notice a mole with any of the ABCDEs of melanoma, contact our office for an appointment with Dr. Diggs to have the mole examined. If he believes the mole is suspicious, he might perform a partial or complete removal of the mole and have it tested.