Moles are growths that can appear anywhere on the surface of the skin. These moles can be flat, raised, rough, smooth, single or in multiples. They usually happen when cells that are responsible for skin pigments grow in clusters instead of spreading out. These moles generally are small in size, at just one-quarter inch. While most moles are harmless, it’s important to be regularly examined by a Panama City, Florida, dermatologist from Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center to make sure you remain healthy.
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Any changes in color, shape, size or texture can indicate cancer growth. Moles that have a higher chance of becoming cancerous are those irregularly-shaped ones that are larger than average and have dark brown centers and light uneven borders are risks. Also, individuals with 50 or more moles are at a higher risk for skin cancer too. This makes it that much more important to have a yearly skin check with a Panama City, Florida, dermatologist from Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center.
Abnormal moles can become scaly, painful or even bleed. Keep an eye on your moles in order to detect any changes early. A visual check of the body once a month is important. By following the American Academy of Dermatology’s guidelines, you can determine whether or not a mole is becoming cancerous:
- Asymmetry: Does the mole match the other half in shape, size or color?
- Border: Are the edges scalloped, poorly defined or irregular?
- Color: Is the mole the same color throughout it?
- Diameter: Is the mole greater than 6 millimeters?
- Evolving: Is the mole different from others on the skin?
If any of these things occur, make an appointment immediately with a professional dermatologist to be examined. A biopsy can be done to determine whether or not the mole is cancerous and it can be surgically removed quickly.
For more information on moles and knowing when you should be checked out, schedule an appointment with a Panama City, Florida, dermatologist from Dermatology Associates Skin and Cancer Center today by calling 850-769-7546.