Moles

WHEN TO MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLE

Almost everyone has moles and freckles; and almost all moles are normal, and remain so throughout life. But a mole or freckle that changes can be the first sign of skin cancer. So it's important to conduct regular self-examinations to be on the lookout for changes in the shape, size, and color of your moles.

Examine yourself on a monthly basis and remember that change is the biggest cause for concern.

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Remember the "ABCDs" of self-examinations as your guide:

Assemtry:
Most moles are symmetrical and round. But be on the lookout for those that change shape and become assymetrical.

Border:
Most moles have even borders, but watch for moles that are uneven and lumpy around the edges.

Color:
It is normal for a mole to be a solid brown color. But moles that turn different shades of brown or black may be a sign of skin cancer.

Diamter:
Most moles are small — about 6 in diameter. If a mole becomes larger than the tip of an eraser, you should check with your dermatologist.

Evolving or Enlargement:
If a mole starts changing - Size, Shape, coolor - you should see your dermatologist to have it diagnosed.