Moles and Melanoma

Moles and Melanoma

If you have moles on your skin, there is nothing to worry about because it is normal. Researchers suggest that almost every individual has few moles. There is also a higher probability for people with light skin to have more moles.

However, Dr. Shumaila warns that you should be careful about moles because one type of skin cancer, called melanoma, can take birth in a mole or the area around a mole. If diagnosed timely, melanoma can be treated. The initial red light for melanoma may come in the form of change to the moles on your skin or the appearance of a new mole on your skin.

If you want to remove your mole, dermatologists can do that during an appointment. The procedure is very safe and easy. After removal of a mole, your skin will heal naturally. However, you should stay vigilant because regrowth of the mole may be a warning sign of melanoma. You should book a consultation session with your dermatologist immediately if you notice any such sign.

Moles and melanomas can appear and develop on any part of your body. According to Dr. Shumaila, melanoma develops mostly on parts of your body having direct sunlight exposure like your face, neck, legs, arms and back. However, it has also been noted that melanoma has also higher probability of developing on the soles of your feet, fingernail beds and palms of your hand. People having darker skin are more at risk of developing melanoma.

Dermatological consultation could be helpful to diagnose melanoma early. If you have moles on your skin and have noticed changes to your existing mole(s), it is time to book a consultation session with Dr. Shumaila who will guide you on how to check your skin and how often to examine your skin to help diagnose melanoma early. She warns that melanoma does not always start as a mole and that it can develop on normal looking skin as well.