WHAT ARE MOLES?

Moles, also known as nevi, are common skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body. They are usually brown or black in color and can vary in size, shape, and texture. Moles are typically harmless and are caused by clusters of pigmented cells called melanocytes, which give them their characteristic color. Most moles develop during childhood and adolescence and are usually stable throughout adulthood. However, moles can also develop later in life, and their appearance may change over time, becoming raised, flat, or developing hairs. While the vast majority of moles are benign, it’s important to monitor them for changes in size, shape, color, or texture, as these changes could indicate skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend regular skin checks and monitoring of moles to detect any potential signs of skin cancer early.

how can dermatology help?

Dermatology plays a vital role in assessing and managing moles. Dermatologists can conduct thorough examinations to evaluate moles for signs of skin cancer, such as asymmetry, irregular borders, variations in color, and changes in size or shape. They may use tools like dermoscopy, a non-invasive technique that magnifies the skin’s surface, to closely examine moles and detect any abnormalities. If a mole raises concern, dermatologists can perform a biopsy, where a small sample of tissue is taken and examined under a microscope for signs of cancerous cells. Additionally, dermatologists provide guidance on monitoring moles for changes over time and offer advice on sun protection and skin cancer prevention. For cosmetic concerns related to moles, dermatologists can also offer options such as mole removal through surgical excision or other minimally invasive techniques. Overall, dermatology provides comprehensive care for individuals with moles, ensuring early detection of skin cancer and addressing both medical and cosmetic aspects of mole management.