What Do Cancerous Moles Look Like

What do cancerous moles look like? A cancerous mole tends to have an irregular shape with blotchy edges. They're usually dark or splotchy in color. However, appearances are not the only thing that can signal a cancerous mole.

Moles, also known as nevi, are caused by a clustering of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment part of the skin. When the pigment cells crowd together, a mole can form. Moles can vary in size and color. They're usually harmless and nothing but another feature of your physical body.

Signs of a Cancerous Mole
Cancerous moles act differently than normal moles. A cancerous mole may change color or size dramatically in a short period of time. A normal mole only changes color and size slightly over a long period of time. Cancerous moles may have blotchy edges and a general blotchy shape. Normal moles are rounded with clean edges.

A cancerous mole may itch, bleed or ooze for no apparent reason. The mole may also suddenly feel sensitive and sore. If a normal mole displays any of these symptoms without an obvious reason, you need to have a doctor check it out.

Mole Removal
If you have a cancerous mole, or a mole that has a high likelihood of becoming cancerous, your doctor may want to remove it. Mole removal is a very standard procedure these days and is extremely safe.

The exact method of mole removal will depend on the size, location and type of mole being removed. Moles can be cut out with a variety of methods. The can be shaved down, cut around or punched out. If the mole is large or deep, you may require stitches to help in healing. If your mole is in a prominent place on your face, your doctor may opt for laser mole removal to reduce the chances of scarring. 

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