A mole is a growth on the skin that occurs when cells that produce pigment (melanocytes) grow in a cluster. Most people have between ten and forty moles located on their body. Moles typically begin growing on your body throughout childhood and adolescence. If one of your moles has recently changed appearance, it may be time to see your dermatologist. A Savannah, GA, dermatologist like Dr. Adam Pritzker at Savannah Dermatology Clinic will check to make sure your skin is still healthy. Keep reading to learn more about what you should do if your mole changes its appearance.
Moles Change Their Appearance
It's normal for your moles to change color and size as you grow. Hormonal changes and pregnancy can cause your moles to darken or even grow larger. Sometimes, moles even fade away. But not all mole changes are normal. In some cases, if your mole changes its appearance, it means you may have melanoma (skin cancer).
When You Should See a Dermatologist
Even though it's normal for moles to change, it's important to monitor them. While most moles are benign, others may be signs of melanoma (skin cancer). Here are some signs that you should see your Savannah, GA, dermatologist:
- Your mole has uneven borders.
- Your mole is asymmetrical.
- Your mole is larger than a pencil eraser.
- Your mole is a mixture of pink, red, brown and tan.
- Your mole is hard, scaly or lumpy.
- Your mole bleeds or oozes.
- Your mole looks different from the rest of the moles on your body.
Risks for Skin Cancer
Some people have a greater risk for skin cancer. You are more likely to get skin cancer if you:
- have a family history of skin cancer.
- burn easily when in the sun.
- have a large number of moles.
- have a light skin color.
- have red or blonde hair.
- have green or blue eyes.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you have a mole that's recently changed its appearance, contact Dr. Adam Pritzker at Savannah Dermatology Clinic in Savannah, GA. Dr. Pritzker is a dermatologist who can help maintain your skin's health. Schedule your appointment by calling (912) 352-8974.