Your mole may be more than an unpleasant blemish

Moles are common growths that affect people of all ages and backgrounds. They can occur in various parts of the body, most commonly in areas that are sun-exposed. Moles form due to an overproduction of pigment-producing skin cells in one concentrated cluster.

There are many different types of moles

Genetics and sun exposure are the two key triggers of mole development. Most moles are normal and harmless, but you might still want to have them removed for aesthetic reasons.

Some moles may be an indicator of a more dangerous condition, like melanoma. These atypical moles are unusual in colour or shape and are larger than a pencil eraser.

Do you think your mole is a sign of something serious?

You may be at a higher risk for skin cancer if you have many moles (over 50), too much sun exposure, a history of sunburns, large/unusual moles, or changes in a mole’s colour, size or shape.

Luckily, an atypical mole comes with many warning signs. These include asymmetry, uneven edges, uneven or multiple colours, increased size (more than 6 mm in diameter), changes in appearance, or new symptoms like itching.

If you’re experiencing any of these warning signs, speak to a dermatologist as soon as you can.

Mole removal treatments are available

Many people prefer the aesthetic look of smooth, unblemished skin. The appearance of moles can cause embarrassment, low self-esteem and stress in social situations. Whether your mole is normal or atypical, there are removal options available to make your skin clear again.

Depending on the type of mole you have, your dermatologist will likely recommend either surgical excision or laser mole removal. Speak to a specialist today to find the best treatment for you.

*The Medical Services Plan of BC may not cover treatments for medical conditions if they’re considered to be elective and/or cosmetic.