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.
Remember the "ABCDs" of self-examinations as your guide:
Most moles are symmetrical and round. But be on the lookout for those that change shape and become assymetrical.
Most moles have even borders, but watch for moles that are uneven and lumpy around the edges.
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.
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.