How to Spot An Abnormal Mole
- Posted on: Feb 15 2018
One of the scariest things about all forms of cancer— especially skin cancer— is that you don’t necessarily have to have a genetic predisposition to it. Meaning that anyone at virtually anytime can get it— no matter what your race, gender, family history, or socioeconomic status is. And although there are certain factors that can increase your chances of getting skin cancer, it’s till important for everyone to perform regular cell cancer screenings and come into our Gwinnett Dermatology and Georgia Dermatology Partners office to be professionally examined.
Okay, so symmetry in all things isn’t necessarily good— unless it comes to your moles. For the most part, your moles should be round and fairly symmetrical. If they are misshapen and asymmetrical, this is a sign that it may be abnormal. Additionally, look at the border around your mole. Is it even or is it ragged, misshapen, or otherwise abnormal? Your mole’s edges should be smooth throughout, so if you have noticed that they aren’t, then it may be time to schedule an appointment at Gwinnett Dermatology and Georgia Dermatology Partners.
Have you noticed that your mole has changed in size, specifically in the diameter? If so, this may be another sign that it is abnormal.
Have you noticed your mole changing color? Is it the same color all around? Has it gotten a lot darker? Any sorts of change in color could also be indicative that your mole is a little abnormal.
One of the best things you can do to catch skin cancer early on is to keep a close eye on all of your moles and watch for any of the abnormalities listed above. During a checkup with one of our dermatologists at Gwinnett Dermatology and Georgia Dermatology Partners, we will look at all of your moles and check them for any abnormalities. Ready to schedule your next skin screening? Contact our office at (770) 972-4845.
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