Moles are growths on the skin comprised of cells that have a high concentration of pigment. Nearly everyone has at least one mole. About one in every 100 babies is born with a mole. The majority of moles develop by the time we are 20 years old, and the average adult has between 30 and 40 body-wide. Moles may be raised or flat, and almost any color – black, brown, red, pink, blue, purplish, white, or skin colored.
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Benign (non-cancerous) moles are easily removed with modern techniques that minimize risk of scarring. Everyone should schedule an annual mole examination. Patients should perform regular self-checks and visit Dr. Pierre for professional assessment of moles. Here’s an easy guide to follow – the ABCDEs of melanoma (a potentially life-threatening skin cancer):
- Asymmetry – Does half of the mole look different from the other half?
- Border – Is it irregular?
- Color – Is it uneven shades of brown and black, or an unusual color like red, white, or blue?
- Diameter – Is the mole larger than the eraser of pencil (but even small moles can be malignant)?
- Evolving – Has the mole changed in size, color, or shape, or become sore? Any change should be checked by Dr. Pierre immediately.
If you notice any of these warning signs, schedule an appointment at Pierre Skin Care Institute right away. Most moles are harmless, but they can be confused with skin cancer. Get yours checked by Dr. Pierre for peace of mind. You’ll also learn about treatment options to restore your complexion to a flawless finish.