Dangerous Changes in Moles

Dramatic or quick changes in moles usually mean something is wrong. Most skin moles are completely harmless, but some moles prove more problematic. Since some moles can be very susceptible to cancer, it is crucial to carefully watch for dangerous changes.

Moles, also known as nevi, are a gathering of skin pigment cells called melanocytes. When these cells grow together in a cluster, they cause a small, discolored lump to form. These lumps are known as skin moles or moles. Though they tend to take on a brown hue, moles can be any color. You can be born with moles, but others can develop later in life.

Mole Appearance
A healthy and normal mole should be relatively small in size. It should be rounded, balanced and mostly uniform in color. If a mole has jagged edges, multiple colors or is relatively large, it could be a cancerous spot.

Mole Behavior
If you have a normal mole that suddenly changes shape, size or color, it could be a sign that the area is cancerous. A mole that bleeds, oozes, itches or feels sensitive for no specific reason can also be experiencing symptoms of a problem.

Mole Biopsy
If you have a problematic mole, it's important to see a doctor. Your doctor will most likely want to perform a mole biopsy to check if the tissue sample shows any sign of cancer. If the sample is positive, you'll need to undergo a common mole removal. Sometimes, when a mole looks susceptible to cancer, a doctor may remove it for preventative reasons. 

Mole Removal
If you have a mole that is or may turn cancerous, your doctor may have you undergo a mole removal. Mole removal is a very common procedure that can be done many different ways. The most common form of mole removal is the extraction method. This simply means the area is numbed and the mole is cut out. If the mole was large, you may require stitches to help close the skin for proper healing. 

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