About Moles or Skin Lesions:
A mole is a common benign skin growth composed of pigment cells called melanocytes. Moles often show up in the first year of life, and the number of moles peaks in the 20s & 30s. The amount of moles you develop is dependant on your genes, sun exposure, and number of sunburns.
Most moles are harmless and safe. However, moles are checked and treated or removed under the following conditions:
• A mole that bleeds, is an unusual shape, grows rapidly, or changes markedly in color may be malignant and should be removed and analyzed by a pathologist.
• An annoyance mole that is irritated by your clothing, hair utensils or razors are often removed to prevent ongoing irritation. A mole that is unattractive to the patient is removed for cosmetic reasons.
The ABCDEs of spotting an unusual mole or melanoma.
• A is for Asymmetry – bad moles are often asymmetric (if you cut the mole in half, one side doesn’t look like the other).
• B is for Border – bad moles often have an irregular or jagged border.
• C is for Colour – bad moles often have a very dark colour, often black, or can even be multi-coloured.
• D is for Diameter – bad moles are often 6mm in size or greater.
• E is for Evolution or changing of a mole – bad moles increase in size while other moles in the vicinity are not changing.
When moles and/or lesions change or grow, it is crucial to have them examined by a dermatologist. Dr. Paul Kuzel is a skin specialist that will determine whether a mole is harmless (benign) or dangerous (malignant) and take special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of precancerous and cancerous lesions. Once the nature of the lesion is established, and should action be required, an ideal treatment plan will be recommended.
If you are concerned about a mole or skin lesion and want to book an appointment with our dermatologist, Dr. Paul Kuzel, please visit your family doctor and request a Rapid Access referral to Rejuvenation Laser Dermatology.
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