While for many of us moles are just brown spots on our body we may not pay much attention to, they come in various shapes, sizes, and forms that can tell us important things about our skin health.
Understanding all types of skin moles helps us identify any suspicious spots for skin cancer and keep our skin healthy.
7 Signs Your Skin Moles Isn’t Normal
Look for these indicators listed below that your mole may be cancerous:
1. A change in size
Most people do not notice the mole growth from the start. since they appearing young age.
They start to grow larger during the early twenties in a very fast manner. this is when you should start to be alerted and visit a dermatologist for a biopsy.
2. A change in shape
especially with irregular edges
This is the easiest sign to notice.
If you notice that your mole has a messy smudgy shape this is an early melanoma sign.
If you can not distinguish if your mole is changing in shape just scan it for a ketchup looking smudge.
3. A change in color
especially getting darker or exhibiting multiple shades
Common moles tend to have a single color. if your mole has more than one o starts to change color it is a sign of abnormal moles. and you need to check with your doctor.
You can cause your mole to inflame by irritating it. For example shaving, immediate cuts or any skin damage can irritate your mole which results in an itching sensation, that makes you tend to scratch.
Your mole can also inflame if it is getting larger very fast, it gets red and painful by the day. Make sure not to irritate your mole and be gentle while taking care of the mole areas.
5. Itchiness, pain or bleeding
maybe even forming a scab
Your mole may start to frequently itch, tingle, and even can be painful sometimes. The level of pain differs from a person to another depending on the severity of the mole.
Sometimes your mole will start oozing and even bleeding.
Any sudden changes on a common mole are a source of concern. This includes crustiness. Thus, if your mole gets crusty, dry and has a hard surface texture, this means it is changing, and you need to visit a doctor to make sure there is nothing abnormal going on.
7. A loss of symmetry
Common moles will be perfectly round or oval and are usually symmetrical
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact a doctor to examine your mole.
ABCDEs of Moles
It can be challenging to remember all of the things to look out for during a skin check. That’s why doctors advise using the ABCDE method to make things simpler.
Check your skin for these signs during self-examinations:
- Asymmetrical – the mole is distinctly asymmetrical symmetry refers to the even rounded shape of normal moles. In simple words, it means both halves of your mole should have the same size and measures. You can test the asymmetry of your mole by diving your mole into two and see if both sides are the same. If they do not match, it means your mole may have signs of skin cancer.
- Border – the mole has uneven borders. The edges of your mole should be even, which means it has an even rounded shape. If the borders have a smudgy uneven shape which looks like a messy stain means your mole is harmful
- Colors – the mole contains at least two distinct colors. The edges of your mole should be even, which means it has an even rounded shape. If the borders have a smudgy uneven shape which looks like a messy stain means your mole is harmful
- Diameter – the mole is bigger than ¼ inch or 6 mm across The diameter of your mole should be small. However, if it gets bigger by time and that diameter keeps getting bigger than a BB gun ball you might want to check your dermatologist for a check-up.
- Enlargement – the mole grows in size over time common moles maintain the same shape and size throughout the lifespan. However, if your mole starts to get larger in size and shape as well as elevate on the skin surface, this means it is not a common mole. You should start worrying if these changes start happening during your adulthood years.
When to See Your Doctor About a Mole
Anyone who has skin moles needs a regular medical check to avoid any life-threatening condition. That is why it’s important to consult your doctor or a dermatologist about a suspicious skin mole since it may be an early sign of malignant melanoma, which is a life-threatening form of skin cancer.
Examine your skin regularly, looking for any new skin moles as well as changes in the moles you already have and document any changes you might notice and show them to your dermatologist.
If you have a family history of atypical moles or skin cancer or a large number of moles or freckles, your family doctor may suggest that you see a dermatologist for regular skin evaluations.
Last but not least you must not under any circumstances irritate your moles by touching, poking and scratching them, but instead use the medications and creams your doctor provided you with to avoid any inflammation.