What are Moles?
Moles are a very common growth that appear as brown spots on the skin. Moles are caused by a cluster of pigmented cells and can appear in children and adults. They can appear anywhere on the body and may disappear over time or change in their appearance. While moles are almost always harmless, some may become cancerous.
How to Check Moles
While uncommon, moles can become cancerous over time and knowing how to check your moles may help early detect skin cancer. The ABCDE’s of skin cancer is as follows:
A – asymmetrical shape | one half is not like the other half
B – border | irregular in shape, notched or scalloped on the edges
C – color | changes in color or uneven color patterns
D – diameter | new growth larger than 1/4″
E – evolving | change in size, shape, color or height or moles that develop a new symptom, such as itching or bleeding
While there is no way to fully prevent moles from growing, there are ways to protect your skin to reduce the risk of a mole becoming cancerous.
Contact a medical professional if you have suspicious moles immediately.