Moles and skin cancer facts
What do NON cancerous moles look like?
- A skin mole is flat or raised up
- Moles can be skin colored, brown, black, tan colored and even red.
- They are usually as small as a match head but can get as big as a CD.
- Moles may have hair growing out of them
What is a mole? What causes moles?
Moles also called melanocytic nevus or nevi (plural), they are usually not cancerous, they are small bunches of pigment cells ( melanocytes ) visible on the skin.
Moles can change in color with sun exposure and during pregnancy and even during certain times of the year. Moles are found on any area of the body. Moles are also found in all races, in babies and even in animals.
A Mole that develops in a person over the age of 30 should be observed closely, to make sure that it is not a cancerous mole.
What causes moles on skin?
- Genetic factors
- Sun exposure and sunburns
- Light colored individuals are more prone to getting moles
- Sun tanning beds can also cause damage just like the sun
- Protect your skin from the sun with sun screen, wide brimmed hats, protective clothing and keeping in the shade as far as possible.
Types of moles
- Regular moles ( normal moles ) ~ Usually have uniform border and color and are small (about the size of a pea.) This is usually a raised mole
- Irregular moles ( atypical mole ) ~ These atypical moles have irregular borders and are usually bigger than a pea. These types of moles are also usually flat.
- Cancerous moles
The types of mole cancers
- Melanoma mole skin cancer ~ Usually caused by sun exposure and genetics
- Malignant mole lentigo maligna ~ Usually occurs in the face of older adults (also caused by sun exposure)
- Basal cell carcinoma ~ These usually bleed easily and is skin cancer of the basal cells.
Increased risk of a malignant moles
- The flatter moles are found to be cancerous, more often that the raised moles
- Persons with more than 25 Irregular moles have a higher risk of developing an abnormal mole.
- Persons with a mole that is larger than 10 inches may be at higher risk of developing melanoma.
- Irregular moles have a higher risk of turning cancerous than regular moles.
- Hairy moles ~ Do not scratch or pull the hairs out of a hairy mole, this could also increase chances of the mole becoming malignant.
- A bleeding mole could be a sign of cancer.
- An itchy mole may indicate a problem
- A suspicious mole that changes in any of the below ways mentioned…
Got some suspicious moles?
All moles should be checked regularly to make sure that they have not changed. The things to look out for…
A – Asymmetry (two sides must look similar)
B - Borders that are irregular
C – Color changes in moles
D - Diameter changes (is it getting bigger?)
E - Evolving ( anything new? )
How can I get rid of moles?
How to remove moles…
- Regular skin moles cannot be removed with creams, bleach, freezing or chemicals.
- Getting rid of moles at the doctor with skin mole removal procedures ~ Sometimes mole skin needs to be removed at the doctor’s office using punch biopsy, surgical excision or shave removal. The cost of mole removal depends on the procedure done. Never try removing moles surgically at home.
Have a look through the skin cancer mole picture… so that you can see what skin cancer moles looks like
Home remedy mole removal ~ Natural mole removal
These have been found to work for some people to remove moles … It’s always worth a try
- Apple cider vinegar applied topically (careful not to apply to surrounding skin)
- Garlic applied topically
What is a Hydatidiform mole?
A hydatiform mole is a growth inside the uterus that forms in the beginning stages of pregnancy. This is a gestational trophoblastic disease…also sometimes referred to as a mole pregnancy
Getting rid of moles and Moles cancer questions…