Moles are a perfectly normal feature to have on your skin. However, there are instances when moles can be an indication of certain risks including cancer. Knowing when you should get your moles checked out can help you determine whether or not you are at risk.
Asymmetry, Jagged Borders, Discoloration
Typically, moles are dark, round, and fairly regular. You can tell if they are a potential problem based on the way they look. If your mole is not symmetrical, then this can be an indication of a problem. Similarly, if your mole does not have a smooth border then you may need to be concerned. Benign moles do not have jagged borders. Finally, if your mole is discolored in any way then you should be concerned. This includes if there is variation in color in your mole or if it is a different color than a typical mole.
Changes Over Time
Another reason you should be concerned is if your mole changes at all. Moles usually remain the same over time and don’t pose a problem. If any change occurs, this is abnormal. Changes might include increases in size, changes in shape, changes in color, etc. If you notice some changes, then start tracking them. At first, you might second guess whether or not changes have occurred. If you track the changes then it’s easier to determine if your mole has changed. Once you see noticeable changes, schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist.
Again, most moles are benign, and you will hardly ever notice. However, there are cases where moles can become bothersome. These include moles that itch often or moles that cause pain. It is also a concern if your mole ever bleeds. Some people may experience moles that are raised off the skin. These can often be caught on clothing and other things and it can cause them to tear or become painful. If you experience any of these things, you should check with a doctor. They can help you assess if you have any risks and they can remove any moles that cause you pain or discomfort.
Looking for Moles At Home
It’s a good idea to check your body regularly to see if there is any need for concern. You should have a general idea of what moles you have, where they are, and what they look like. Every once in a while, you should evaluate your moles to see if there is need for concern and if you need to see a doctor. Not every mole will be easy for you to see on your own. Ask a spouse, partner, or trusted individual to help you check for any other moles you can’t see yourself. If you find anything concerning, schedule an appointment with your doctor so you can determine if there’s an issue.
Most often, moles are not a problem and they won’t cause you any pain or put you at risk. Knowing the signs of when they are a problem can help you to avoid serious health concerns. Learn more about the moles on your body and whether or not you need to see a doctor.
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