There is a lot of talk about the dangers of sun exposure and its effect on the skin. Some times the information can send people into a panic. Of course it is absolutely necessary to limit your sun exposure and to use a good sunblock when you are out in the sun to protect your skin but not every mole is a sign of skin cancer!
Cancerous moles can be distinguished from non cancerous moles by the way it looks. There are certain attributes that a mole that is cancerous will have that a healthy mole does not. Learning to look for the signs will keep down your stress level and will help you to know when you need to seek the help of a dermatologist.
If you have a mole that is not necessarily round and bears unusual edges that is something that you probably should have checked. Moles are typically round or oval with clean edges. A mole that has jagged edges may be an early sign of a problem. Having it checked will help you to have peace of mind.
Check your body regularly if you have a mole get to know it! Take a close look at the shape and the edges of it, if it starts to change and spread out or develop a strange appearance over time than you will absolutely be able to notice that if you know what it looked like last month or last year.
Change In Color
Another way you can recognize a mole that is potentially cancerous is to notice a color change. Again getting to know your moles will help you to recognize if there is a color change. Most moles are dark brown or black. If you have a mole that has darkened or lightened than you should have it checked by a medical professional.
Moles don’t bleed mos of the time unless you manipulate them or tear at them with clothing. If you find that a mole that you have had for awhile has a funny looking discharge or looks a bit tainted with blood that is a good indicator that you should have it checked.
Discharge from a mole should NOT occur. A healthy mole is basically a discolored skin tag, they are not attractive in most cases but they are tolerable. If a mole starts to discharge even clear fluid you should have it checked.
If you go to a dermatologist to have a mole checked out the dermatologist will do a visual test. A dermatologist is a skin specialist that will be able to determine if a mole is suspect or not. If the dermatologist feels that the mole is suspect than they can clip it off in the office and send it to a laboratory for testing.
The lab will test the mole for cancer cells and be able to report back to the doctor who in turn will report to you the findings.
A Good Rule Of Thumb
If you have a mole that you disturbs you have it removed. If you find yourself worrying about whether you have a cancerous mole or not just have it removed instead of worrying. The stress that you cause yourself over a mole that is very likely NOT cancerous is not worth it when having it removed is virtually painless and leaves a very small unnoticeable scar.
As long as you know your body and know what your moles look like and can recognize the changes that can point to cancer you are way ahead of the game. Do go for yearly skin checks though if skin cancer runs in your family just to be on the safe side!