How to Know If Those Moles Are Symptoms of Skin Cancer
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Moles can be more than occasionally troublesome to deal with, they can be a potential danger to your health. We’ve all heard that skin cancer is rampant nowadays, from mild cases to more serious ones, and one of the most common signs are moles.
But just because you have a mole doesn’t necessarily mean you have skin cancer. There are many different types of moles and many different reasons they spring up on your body, so it’s important to understand what types of moles you have and how to tell the bad ones from the benign ones.
Naturally, we recommend seeing your dermatologist or regular practitioner if you have any concerns about a mole or spot on your skin. But if you’re unable to get to a doctor immediately, or are just curious/nervous and want some quicker clarification, we’ve got you covered. Here is a comprehensive guide to body moles and how to detect skin cancer.
Types of Moles
- Congenital Moles – Congenital moles are moles that you have at birth. Only about 1% of people are born with congenital moles. These moles in particular have an increased rate of turning into skin cancer and should be examined by a dermatologist.
- Acquired Moles – As their name would suggest, these are moles that you acquire through life through sun exposure, genetics or hormones, although sun exposure is the most common explanation. These moles are no more than an inch in diameter and are generally harmless, with little to no risk of developing into skin cancer.
- Atypical Moles – Also known as dysplastic nevi, atypical moles are quite large, usually larger than a pencil eraser. They are generally uneven in color, with a dark brown center and are shaped irregularly. There may be a reddish or brownish color around the edges of these moles, or even black dots. Atypical moles are genetic in nature and do have an increased chance of developing into skin cancer. See a dermatologist about these moles.