Moles can appear anywhere on our bodies from the bottom our feet to the top of our head and everywhere in-between. While most of them are harmless, some may be cancerous and cause harm if not treated in a timely manner. To decide if you should seek evaluation about a particular mole that may be dangerous, follow the ABCDE rules for potential skin cancer at home.
- A is to see if your mole has asymmetry, meaning one half is larger than the other.
- B is to look at border irregularity. Borders with jagged edges that are uneven can be some of the first warning signs.
- C is to look at the color, if the color changes or is a shade of black or bluish-grey you can be at risk.
- D is to look at the diameter of the mole, if it is greater than six millimeters, about the size of an average pencil eraser then you may want to have it evaluated.
- E is evolution. This is probably the most important factor. If your mole is evolving (aka: growing and changing) it is very important to have it examined.
Although skin cancer seems scary, most moles are benign and we are able to test it in a timely manner. Having a cancerous mole is not the only reason to have a mole removed. Many people choose to have multiple moles removed for their own convenience due to factors such as; they simply do not like it, to it being in a highly seen place such as the face. The mole removal process is quick, safe, easy, and low on the pain scale. If you are questioning a mole, or feel at all uncomfortable about one, make an appointment to see what your treatment options are.