We talked earlier about what to look for in a mole to determine whether it is cancerous or not, but at what time should you raise the alarm? What are the signs that you should seek the advice of a doctor on whether it should be removed and a biopsy performed? This post will serve as a handy guide for the characteristics to look for, and let you know when that mark on your skin is in need of a further diagnosis.
Is This Mole a Cause for Concern?
It has been beaten into our heads over and over that we need to be protecting our skin to prevent it from getting too much direct sun exposure, and also to pay special attention to our moles. But how do you know exactly what kinds of things to look for? Is it a normal mole or a sign of something more serious? Hopefully, these tips will give you a clearer picture and alleviate any concerns that you have.
One quick piece of advice that we thought was pretty apt is that moles are like a family. For any mole that you have, there should be one (or many) other moles on your body that looks similar to it. If you have an individual mole on your body that does not fit on your body or looks different from the rest — whether it be in size, shape, or color — then it is recommended that you seek guidance from a skin care professional.
A simple device that you can use to self-monitor yourself is called the ABCDE Rule. This is a mnemonic device that can help to remember the signs to look out for when checking over your moles. See the image below for an explanation of what each letter represents, as well as photographic examples of a normal mole and a cancerous mole for each descriptor.
We love having a handy device like this, and it is pretty self-explanatory. A is for Asymmetry – the mole should be pretty uniform on both halves or around all sides. B stands for Border, which should be smooth and even without any irregular outcroppings. C stands for Color, which should be mostly uniform brown throughout. D is for Diameter, and a normal mole should be about the size of a pencil eraser. Lastly, E is for Evolving. A mole should not change over time after it forms (more on how moles form here). If it evolves in color, size, or shape over time, it is time to have a doctor look at it.
Wrapping Things Up
Even if a mole is normal and non-cancerous, many still view them with trepidation as if they may be something more serious than a skin blemish that can be removed with a product like ours here. By following the identification tips above, you can ease your worries about the moles on your body, or be more assertive when you find something that is amiss and get it professionally looked at to be diagnosed and treated early. Skin cancer is no joke, but early detection of this type of skin cancer is highly effective. Armed with this knowledge you are in much better shape for taking care of yourself.