Should I consider mole removal or is my mole normal?

That's a question I hear a lot as most people have no idea whether their moles are normal or are abnormal.  Too often people are too nervous to even ...

 

That’s a question I hear a lot as most people have no idea whether their moles are normal or are abnormal.  Too often people are too nervous to even face the question because they are afraid of what they might find out.  This is not a wise thing to do though because moles have the potential to develop into a form of skin cancer called melanoma if the early warning signs are not detected and acted upon.

Back to the question, “Is my mole normal?”  You basically want to look at the size, colour and shape of your mole.  The rule of melanoma detection is a great way to determine whether your moles are normal or not. It has been simplified into the handy little acronym ABCD.

  • Asymmetry
  • Border irregularity
  • Colour variation
  • Diameter

So what does all that mean?  Let’s find out!

Asymmetry

Normally a mole will grow in a symmetrical fashion, in other words one half of the mole will look like the other half.  In an asymmetrical mole the halves will look different.  This is because one half of the mole is growing quicker than the other.  If your mole is asymmetric you should see your doctor and start to discuss what is entailed when removing moles.

Border irregularity

Typically the edges of a normal mole are well defined and sharp.  If your moles edges are notched, blurred, irregular or notched you should see your doctor and ask him about removal of moles.

Colour variation

A normal mole will generally have a uniform or consistent colour.  If your mole is not the same colour all over but has different shades of brown, black, red, white or tan you should start considering a mole removal procedure and talk about it with your local doctor.

Diameter

The size of a mole will usually stay the same for a normal mole.  If your mole is larger than 6mm or is continuing to grow you should see your local doctor.

Summary

If you have any of the above ABCD symptoms on your existing moles you should contact your local doctor immediately and discuss mole removal surgery.  Other symptoms can be redness, itchiness, bleeding, pain or a scaly appearance.  Now you may check all of your current moles and find that they are all fine which is great.  But I want you to be vigilant, if at any time you notice a mole changing size, colour or shape you should contact your local doctor immediately also. Early detection is the best prevention for skin cancer in particular melanoma.

You should also consider having a consultation with a dermatologist so they can do a full body scan and map all of your current moles.  If you have these done regularly the dermatologist is able to detect changes in your moles.  Just so that you know a dermatologist is a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin disease and skin cancers

I want to repeat that the ABCD checks above are extremely important in the early detection of skin cancer.  If you are unsure in anyway see your local doctor as you could require immediate mole removal.  It is better to be safe than sorry and don’t worry about the mole removal cost as your health is more important than money.