Your mole may be a harmless, aesthetic concern, or it may be a sign of a more serious issue. Understanding the signs of skin cancer and other conditions helps you know when it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Adam Pritzker of Savannah Dermatology Clinic in Savannah, GA. Dr. Pritzker helps patients know when moles require further evaluation and treatment.
What is a Mole?
A mole is an overgrowth of cells in your skin. The cells give your skin color, which is why moles are darker or lighter than the surrounding skin. Moles may protrude from your skin or be slightly elevated. Most moles are harmless, but some are indications of skin cancer.
Dr. Pritzker recommends that patients have new moles evaluated. Skin cancer treatments are most effective when the lesions are detected early. Most skin cancers won’t spread, but some may spread to surrounding tissues and other parts of your body.
Compare the mole to the other ones you have. Moles tend to develop with the same characteristics, including size, shape, and color. If you have a mole that looks different than your other moles, seeing a dermatologist helps to determine if the mole requires treatment.
Changes in Size, Shape, and Color
Harmless moles typically don’t change over time. Check the mole over time to see if you notice any changes in size, shape, and color. Skin cancers tend to have irregular edges. Also, check for asymmetry and a diameter that is larger than six millimeters.
Itching, Bleeding, and Other Symptoms
Benign moles typically don’t cause any other symptoms. The exception is when the moles are in areas that rub against clothing. If you have a mole that does not get irritated by your clothes, yet itches, bleeds or causes other problems, Dr. Pritzker recommends that you schedule an appointment.
Should Moles Be Removed?
Benign moles don’t need to be removed unless they cause aesthetic concerns or rub against your clothing. Cancerous moles should be removed to reduce the risk of complications. Dr. Pritzker diagnoses skin cancer and recommends the best approach for protecting your skin.
Have Your Mole Checked
If you have questions about your mole, schedule an appointment at Savannah Dermatology Clinic in Savannah, GA. Dr. Pritzker diagnoses and treats moles. Call us today at (912) 352-8974.