When to See a Dermatologist for Skin Moles | Water's Edge Dermatology
When to See a Dermatologist for a Mole

Skin Moles are common. Almost everyone has a few, and some people develop hundreds. And melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, can develop in or near moles.

Don’t get frightened—most skin moles are not melanoma. So how do you know when to see a dermatologist for your moles? It’s easy; just keep in mind your ABCs.

A stands for ASYMMETRY: If one half of the mole is unlike the other half, have it looked at.

B stands for BORDER: If your mole has an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border, it could be an early melanoma. Only a biopsy can provide conclusive results.

C stands for COLOR: If a mole’s color varies from one area to another, or if it turns shades of tan, brown and black (opposed to brown, which is normal), call your dermatologist.

D stands for DIAMETER: Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller. If a mole is large, have it examined and stay very aware of changes or growth.

E stands for EVOLVING: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color could be a sign of early skin cancer.

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If you have a mole that shows any of these signs, be sure to schedule an appointment with a Water’s Edge Dermatology provider today. If something doesn’t seem right, or keeps grabbing your attention, come see us.