Moles to Watch for

melanomas skin cancer

Moles are small projections on the skin and can develop for a variety of reasons such as from sun exposure, hormonal changes or trauma to the skin. Moles can be classified as benign, pre-malignant or malignant. Most moles aren’t dangerous, but you should keep track of their shape, color and symmetry. This is important because melanomas can grow near moles.

Moles are clusters of pigmented cells. They can appear brown, tan, pink or flesh-colored. They can be flat or raised and are usually the size of a pencil eraser. They can develop anywhere on the body but are most commonly found in areas of high sun exposure. They will often get larger as we age and may change color.

How can you tell if a mole is dangerous?

Mole has irregular shape. They should be asymmetrical.

Faded border. If edges fade into surrounding skin, you may want to consult a physician.

Uneven color and red spots

Size is larger than a pencil eraser.

If moles seem to be changing rapidly, please consult a physician.


Salon Fundamentals Esthetics Textbook

Dermascope: The encyclopedia of Aesthetics; November 2011


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