Treatment for Moles
Weather it is the beauty mark on the face, unsightly warty mole that catches on clothes or thin, colored moles on the body- they all should be evaluated, since abnormal moles can pose a serious health threat
Moles are also known as Nevi/Nevus and are very common, especially on pale-skinned people. Moles can be brown, black, tan, red, pink, or blue. They are typically round and can be raised or flat. Normal moles should look the same as time goes on. Abnormal moles are also known as Dysplastic Nevus (DN) or Atypical Melanocytic Nevus (AMN) and can change in shape and size.
Signs and Symptoms
Moles that are new, have changed in any way, or are painful or bleeding should be examined as soon as possible and likely biopsied.
The acronym “ABCDE” is used to evaluate moles to determine if they are abnormal as below:
A. Asymmetry – a mole that has different looking halves
B. Border – An irregular or hazy looking border around it
C. Color – varied color among the mole or different shades
D. Diameter – moles greater than 6mm may be more suspicious
E. Evolving – a mole that is changing or evolving in size, color, or shape
Diagnosis and Treatment
In addition to screening your body at home using Skin Cancer Foundation Self Examination Tips, it is important to have an annual skin screening to have moles checked by a provider at one of our offices.We have been using a highly specialized Dermoscopy technique to diagnose and follow abnormal moles, we do mole mapping in patients with personal history of abnormal moles and l-melanoma. Any moles that are identified as being suspicious or changing on dermoscopy are biopsied in the office .
Abnormal moles (Dysplastic or Atypical Melanocytic Nevus) are graded as mild, moderate or severe on the lab report from the biopsy. It is generally recommended that abnormal moles be removed more fully. If a melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) is found, deeper and wider removal is needed. Melanoma can be deadly if left untreated and is graded as Stage one through four based on severity. In most cases, the thicker the tumor, the more serious it is and the higher the risk of spreading to other organs (metastasis
Follow up and Outcomes
Patients who have a family history of melanoma or those with abnormal moles should be seen every six months for a total body examination (full skin screening), and mole mapping initially then yearly Others should continue self-exams plus annual visits at our practice.
Daily sunscreen is an important step in the prevention of sun damage to the skin and development of melanoma. We recommend using ® Antioxidant Sunscreen spray SPF 25-55. It provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with no chemical sun fillers. This patented product contains the FDA approved physical blocker, Zinc Oxide to reflect light away from the skin. We carry in our office several medical grade brands that all meet these standards.
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