Moles are a natural part of the skin with the majority of moles appearing during the first 20 years of a person’s life, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Moles usually begin to disappear after middle age.
Moles are a type of skin lesions and are more formally known as nevi. There are many different type of moles based on their location in the skin, coloring and other factors. Subdermal moles form under the skin, while other moles are a pigmented growth on the skin. Moles are formed mostly of a type of cell known as a melanocyte. The dark color of moles is due to a high concentration of the melanin, which is what gives the skin its color.
Benign moles are typically round or oval in shape, and not very large, although some benign can be larger than the size of a typical pencil eraser.
Mole Warning Signs
Any mole that changes in size and or color, or that bleeds or shows up where there was no mole before, should be checked by a dermatologist. Even pale, pinkish moles may be suspect. Often an atypical mole will need to be surgically removed and sent to a lab for examination.
Moles & Melanoma
Cities like Nashville with a great deal of sun, are trouble spots for melanoma, so it is important to have any suspicious moles checked soon after any changes are noted. See the step-by-step process of my mole examination and mole removal at: How to Tell if a Mole Might Be Dangerous: Mole Warning Signs & Mole Removal
My mother died of melanoma in Nashville and I have personally had numerous precancerous moles removed by my Nashville dermatologist, so I encourage readers to have any suspicious moles checked. See the slide show to see how harmless some potentially dangerous moles might look.
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