Moles (Also called Nevus or Nevi)
Moles are common growths on the skin. Almost all adults have moles.
Moles may be present at birth, or they may appear later in childhood. Most people continue to develop new moles even as adults.
Moles may be brown, tan, or flesh colored. Moles are symmetrical, have one consistent color throughout, and tend to be smaller in diameter than a pencil.
Dysplastic mole (Also called Atypical Moles)
A mole is classified as dysplastic when it does not look like a common mole.
Dysplastic moles may be:
- Asymmetrical (if folded in half, the sides would not match)
- Have an irregular border
- Consist of more than 1 color in the mole, or have a diameter that exceeds 6 millimeters (about the diameter of a pencil eraser)
- Importance of observing for changes in moles
- A type of skin cancer, melanoma, can grow in or near a mole
- Caught early and treated, melanoma can be cured
- The first sign of melanoma is often a change to a mole — or a new mole on your skin
Checking your skin once a month — or more often if your doctor advises — can help you find melanoma early.
If a mole starts to grow, itch, or bleed, make an appointment to see Dr Koger – Call (248) 435-6622.
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