When to Get a Mole Checked
It’s very rare that you see a person without any moles. Since they are so commonplace, you may be tricked into thinking that they are all harmless. Most moles are harmless, but if you happen to have one that has the potential of being cancerous, you don’t want to overlook it.
Here are some key questions to ask as you do your own body scan for irregular moles.
- Is this mole too big? A mole that’s bigger than a pencil eraser would be one that you’ll want checked out.
- Has this mole changed? If you notice that one of your moles seems to change in size, shape, or color, you’ll want to point it out to your dermatologist.
- Is the mole an irregular color or is its color uneven? If it is not the same color throughout or its color is really different than your other moles, it may be a concern.
- Is this mole symmetrical? Most common, harmless moles are usually round or oval.
- Does this mole have a distinct edging? When you notice that the outside of your mole is blurred or irregular, you will want to take note.
Besides taking a good look at your own skin, you should also schedule a regular check up with your licensed dermatologist. They will give you the peace of mind you need and help you stay on top of any issues with your moles or skin. Your dermatologist will know exactly what to look for and if you have been doing your job of keeping a watchful eye, it will make it that much easier to catch something that could be potentially harmful. Get your appointment scheduled today!
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Northwest Georgia Dermatology
141 Lacy Street, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30060
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