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Posts for: August, 2015

By Dr. Maloney
August 26, 2015
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Moles  

Do you have moles, those small, black or brown spots on your arms, legs, back or other parts of the body? Also called nevi, moles are typically congenital and harmless collections of skin pigment called melanin. Just interesting round or oval skin features, many moles are less than 1/4 inch in diameter and are not bothersome in any way to the individuals who display them.

Should Moles Be Evaluated?

Cherry Creek Dermatology recommends that individuals with moles inspect them once a month. Unfortunately, some moles change into the deadly skin cancer called malignant melanoma. Plus, melanoma may develop on the skin near moles. People over 50 are Molesparticularly susceptible to skin cancers say experts at the Skin Cancer Foundation.

As such, when moles look or even feel questionable in any way, James M. Maloney III, board-certified Denver, CO dermatologist and his physician's assistants, Whitney Hood and Ashley Fiorde, want to see the patient for evaluation and possible treatment. In fact, individuals 40 and older need a full-body skin exam annually. Simple and painless, it takes no more than 10 to 15 minutes at Cherry Creek Dermatology.

When Moles are Questionable

Dermatologists suspect moles when they exhibit certain symptoms. When moles grow, itch, bleed, or return after they have been removed, these normally benign skin growths become worrisome. Also, Denver, CO dermatologists and skin doctors across the country tell patients to look for the ABCDEs of melanoma. They are:

Asymmetry: The right side of a mole is the same size and shape as the left side. Melanoma is irregularly shaped.

Border: With melanoma, the edges notched or scalloped, not smooth as with a mole.

Color: Color varies throughout a melanoma lesion, but moles are an even black or brown.

Diameter: Melanoma is usually larger than 6 mm in size.

Evolving: Moles stay the same for decades. Melanoma, however, changes or evolves quickly.

When to Treat Moles

When moles exhibit one or more of the ABCDEs of malignant melanoma, they must be treated. Surgical excision or surgical shave are 2 typical methods of removing a mole. Cherry Creek Dermatology biopsies any suspicious moles.

In addition, if a mole is unattractive or irritating (in an odd place rubbing against clothing), Dr. Maloney and his staff may remove it.

Your Skin is an Important Organ

Your skin covers you, protecting you from disease and making you look like who you are. Take good care of it by checking it on a monthly basis, looking especially at moles. If you would like a full body skin exam, or simply want to learn how to do a monthly self-exam correctly, contact James M. Maloney III MD and his expert staff for an appointment: (303) 388-5629.

 

 

 

 




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