Moles

There are several skin lesions that are very common and benign (non-cancerous). These conditions include moles, freckles, skin tags, benign lentiginous, and seborrheic keratosis.

Moles and Your Skin

Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Some people are prone to develop moles.

Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 25 years of a person's life. It is normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood.

What Causes a Mole?

Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural colour. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.

Types of Moles

  • Congenital nevi
  • Dysplastic nevi

How Do I Know if a Mole Is Cancer?

If you notice changes in a mole's color, height, size, or shape, you should have a doctor evaluate it. You also should have moles checked if they bleed, ooze, itch, or become tender or painful and they change color.

The following ABCDEs are important characteristics to consider when examining moles. If a mole displays any of the signs listed below, have it checked immediately by a dermatologist. It could be cancerous.

                             The acronym: ABCDE

  • Asymmetry. One half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • Border. The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular.
  • Color. The color of the mole is not the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
  • Diameter. The diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
  • Elevation/Evolution. The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

What are the different types of moles?

Congenital nevi are moles that appear at birth.

Dysplastic nevi: They tend to have uneven color with dark brown centers and lighter, uneven edges. These moles tend to be hereditary. People with dysplastic nevi might have more than 100 moles and have a greater chance of developing malignant (cancerous) melanoma. Any changes in the mole should be checked by an experienced doctor to detect skin cancer.

How are moles treated?

If Dr Georghy believes the mole needs to be evaluated further or removed entirely, he will first take a biopsy (small tissue sample of the mole) to examine thin sections of the tissue under a microscope. The treatment is based on the histopathology result.

  • Observation and review on a regular bases.
  • Non-surgical management
  • Surgical: Radical excision and histopathology evaluation

Case Studies

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6 days after surgical excision

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Immediately after surgical excision.

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