In the skin we can find different skin growths of different colors (from orange tones to dark tones), which can be protruding or flat. To these growths in the skin we call them “moles”. It is common to find them in most people.
Why the concern?
Although it is common to find moles in people, there are moles that can be dangerous or can become melanomas (carcinogens). Therefore, it is very important to be aware of our moles and, after reviewing this article, look at our skin and, if we find anomalies, visit a dermatologist.
Among the three ways in which skin cancer is shown, the most dangerous form is melanoma because it can spread more easily and can become very offensive. In addition, this presentation of the cancer is very dangerous in that it appears in cells responsible for giving color to the skin (moles, freckles, birthmarks)
How to identify the signs of a possible melanoma?
1. Asymmetry: forms that do not give.
If when checking a mole or a birthmark you find an asymmetric shape in which these are divided into two halves but these two halves are not equal, they may respond to a possible melanoma. Why? As is well known, most moles are in the form of a sphere or circle and, between generalization, it may be possible for a mole or mark that does not have this form to be dangerous.
2. The size … not so great.
Moles can usually be up to 1 cm in diameter. If one of your moles has a larger size or if you notice that it is growing, you must be very attentive to your changes or go to the dermatologist.
3. A surprise mole: Watch out!
If on your skin suddenly appears a mole and starts to turn black, you should be very careful or visit the dermatologist. It is very possible that it has malignancy index.
4. Color: homogeneous tones.
Normal moles, in most cases, have a homogeneous color, the same throughout their area; a color dominates and is even. If you observe several colors on a mole, you should be alarmed. It is possibly a carcinogenic mole.
5. A mole with symptoms: Inflammation, pain, bleeding or stinging.
In this case you should be much more attentive to the changes that happen. No doubt you should visit a dermatologist right away. These signs may be determining a strong malignant potential.
6. Edges: not defined or irregular.
If the mole does not clearly show its start or end or if the edges of the mole are not well defined, you should also pay attention. It may be a dangerous mole because benign moles are well defined.
7. Background in your family: Be careful!
If you have had cases of skin cancer or dangerous moles in your family, it would be very important to pay a visit to the dermatologist. Although, it is known that moles are not hereditary, given that each family shares a type of skin and some susceptibilities in it, you must be careful.
We recommend you…
In order to avoid the appearance of malignant marks, you could prevent yourself from using a sun block with a moderate frequency, avoid exposing yourself to direct UV light and avoid using products that may harm your skin, or do not use ultraviolet tanning beds.
If you read any of these risk factors, you should visit the dermatologist. Time is a very important factor for a possible treatment.