You know your skin best. If you notice a change in a mole, or even a new mole and you’re uncertain, call us so we can take a look.
Mole checks allow your dermatologist to evaluate any changes in your moles. This is especially valuable if you have numerous moles, if you have odd looking moles or if there is a family history of melanoma. People with any of these factors have a statistically increased risk of developing melanoma, a potentially dangerous skin cancer that is curable if detected early.
Moles are evaluated according to ABCDE: asymmetry, border irregularity, color, diameter and evolving size, shape or color.
Early detection of melanoma can sometimes be tricky, even for at risk people because in the early stages of the disease, the affected moles often look normal. At risk people also tend to have more abnormal looking moles in general. The ABCDE method of evaluating moles, where each is assessed for Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color, Diameter, and Evolving size, shape or color is always employed.
Once the mole check has been completed, recommendations, especially for suspicious moles, can vary. Skilled dermatology providers utilize precise and low impact biopsies, done right in the office.
Mole checks in general are very simple and take only a couple of minutes. You’ll dress in a gown, usually keeping your underwear on, and then your dermatologist checks you, literally from head to toe, front and back. A bright surgical light and a high powered magnifier is often used. A mole that looks suspicious may cause proper concern, but there is no reason to be concerned about the exam.