Moles are an eyesore than anything else and in most cases that is all they are, however there are times when a mole may not be just a vain issue as some moles have higher risks of skin cancer. Moles may in fact be a malignant melanoma if you see the mole is changing in its appearance. The best way to be sure that the mole is not cancerous is to have the mole looked at by a doctor or a dermatologist.
Often times, one of the three melanoma skin cancers is from a mole, and melanoma is lethal if not treated early. It is important to know what your mole is and its condition because moles can be benign in nature or be abnormal which result to atypical moles and even melanoma.
Mole cancer signs are not always visible at first. It is advisable to consult with a physician as soon as possible. Early detection and monitoring of skin moles can save life from deadly melanoma. Melanoma tends to run in the family so make sure that you are aware of the medical history of your immediate family. Bad moles can be inspected even at home by using the A-B-C-D in skin inspection.
A-B-C-D is a series of steps that can help you inspect your own skin at home. It means A for asymmetric moles or unequal moles, B for border irregularity, C for color change over short period of time, and D for diameter or larger size of moles. If you see any of these physical characteristics in your mole, it would be best that you consult a doctor immediately.
Mole cancer signs do not always come from a mole. Melanoma also arises even without the presence of a mole. Melanoma can arise within atypical mole, congenital mole or ordinary benign mole. It is always a good idea to have a checkup and have any moles seen to on a regular basis.
A doctor or dermatologists will notice common signs of melanoma, such as change in growth of skin mole, like a sudden elevation of mole, a change in shape like development of irregular margins and borders, a change in size like enlargement of mole, a change in surface like scaly or oozing texture, or change in color like from darker one to red-white-blue color. Although most of melanoma are developed from existing moles and marked skin, other melanoma also grow in unmarked skin. Skin that is exposed to the UV rays of sunlight is generally the most affected.
If the skin mole is not detected earlier and has already developed into melanoma, you may experience some of the mole cancer signs such as bleeding of skin mole, painful mole, swelling of mole surface, thickening of skin under the mole surface, sudden weight loss, graying of skin, headaches, cough, and seizures. It may also affect the vital organs of the body if it is not treated immediately.
Sometime teens and children do not pay attention to things like moles, if however you do and you notice mole cancer signs, do not hesitate to show it to your parents and they will help you consult dermatologists who are expert in this kind of skin condition. Treating it early may save you from having higher risks of cancerous skin moles.