What You Need to Know About Removing a Mole

If you check your skin on a regular basis (hopefully, that is the case), you will probably see a few moles here and there. This is quite normal, as most people have several on their body. But how do you know if you should see a doctor for mole removal? Here are some ways to recognize whether a mole could be dangerous.

Healthy Vs. Dangerous Moles

A healthy mole is usually either brown or light tan in color, round or oval in shape, and will typically have a sharp border surrounding it. It should also be about the size of a pencil eraser and be located on the upper half of your body, such as on the back, face, chest, neck or arms.

You should seriously consider mole removal if it is pink or red, or if it looks different from others on your body. If it is bumpy, rough, crusty or scaly, or it is larger than it should be, you should definitely get it checked out. Also, be aware of any moles that appear on your head underneath your hair, or are located on the buttocks or breasts. All of these could be signs of a potentially cancerous mole that needs to be thoroughly examined.

If your doctor suspects that there could be a problem, he or she will then perform a biopsy, which entails taking a small sample from the mole so it can be analyzed. If the mole is cancerous, it needs to be removed immediately so that it does not spread and affect other areas of the body. The method of mole removal will depend on several factors, including location and size.

Please get in touch with your nearest Questcare Medical Clinic location to learn more about mole removal or any of the other services we offer.