Unsure If Your Mole Needs Removal? Here’s Why You Want to Have It Checked Out Anyway

Have you had your eye on a mole and wondered whether it’s anything to worry about? Most don’t pose a problem, but being mindful of changes in the mole’s appearance is important, because melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer, has been on the rise over the last 30 years. More than 96,400 cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society.

The team at the Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey can inspect your mole and let you know if it’s something to be concerned about. If it is, they can provide a range of options.

Why should I keep an eye on my moles?

Examining all of your skin for moles periodically is one of the best ways to avoid melanoma, which usually starts with a change in a mole. You should be especially vigilant about checking your skin if:

Most moles are not problematic in and of themselves, but if you notice any change in a mole, it can be a cause for concern. The key is to know what your moles look like so you will be able to notice any changes in the future.

When should I worry about a mole?

When you see any change in your mole’s appearance, that can be a red flag. One rule to keep in mind is the ABCDE rule. If your mole meets any of the following criteria, there may be a cause for concern.

As with all cancers, spotting melanoma as early as possible will increase your chances of getting rid of the problem with as few complications as possible.

Who can check my moles?

It’s important to realize that everyone who comes into contact with your skin — your family, your medical caregivers, and even your hairdresser — has the ability to check your skin. A 2011 study published in JAMA Dermatology revealed that hairdressers tend to notice a great number of skin irregularities on their clients’ scalps and necks, and training on how to spot irregularities has even been provided to groups of stylists.

And if you have a concern about a mole, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us. We have extensive experience inspecting and removing moles.

If you have questions or concerns about a mole, book an appointment online or over the phone with the Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey today.

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