There are certain moments that moles can be a topic of annoyance or insecurity. There are many who has gotten one removed from their face. The fact is that we all have moles. Scientifically, it is true. One person can have between 10 to 20 moles anywhere on their body, and most appear y your 20s.
The causes for moles can be genetics, sun exposure, and hormones. That is why most moles appear in childhood, during your teen years or during pregnancy.
There are a lot of things that we have to know about moles. Is it cancerous or could it become cancerous? The first step to answering this critical question is determining the types of moles you have.
Types of moles
Congenital Moles – These are moles that you have at birth. Only about 1% of people are born with congenital moles. Congenital Moles, in particular, have an increased rate of turning into skin cancer and should be examined by a dermatologist.
Acquired Moles –These moles can be acquired through life.The reasons for these moles are sun exposure, genetics or hormones, although sun exposure is the most common explanation. These moles are no more than an inch in diameter and are harmless, with little to no risk of developing into skin cancer.
Atypical Moles –These moles are also known as dysplastic nevi. Atypical moles are quite large, usually larger than a pencil eraser. They are generally uneven in color, with a dark brown center and their shape is irregular. There can be a reddish or brownish color around the edges of these moles, or even black dots. These types of moles have an increased chance of developing into skin cancer. You have to see a dermatologist about these moles.
It is very important to examine your existing moles frequently. You should check your skin regularly, make notes of any changes that happen with your moles, particularly if they are congenital or atypical moles. You have to make annual skin inspections if you have a family history of atypical moles. This will help observe and check the development of malignant melanoma. Malignant melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer.
At your next checkup, you have to ask your doctor about any suspicious mole activity. In order to stunt mole growth even before the doctors office, you have to wear SPF sunscreen when going out and extra clothing coverage when you know you will be outside for long periods of time.