Moles come in all shapes and sizes—but should they? Moles are usually benign and can be genetic or the result of sun damage. We tend to collect moles as we get older, and they’re our most powerful tool for catching and diagnosing skin cancer early. Moles are usually brown, but can also be a variety of pinks, reds, and even black. The color of the mole doesn’t really matter as long as the color is consistent throughout. Nobody can do a complete mole check on themselves since you need to check your back and scalp, but don’t worry. Get in touch with RefinedMD and we’ll get you on a thorough mole check schedule, including mole mapping, to keep an eye on every spot – (408) 688-2082.
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Preventing Skin Cancer Starts With Annual Skin Exams
RefinedMD is a leader in skin cancer detection and prevention. Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Steven Swengel specializes in skin cancer, and his expert team performs thorough body checks looking for suspicious moles and lesions. Self-exams are a great supplement between annual or bi-annual office mole checks. Potentially dangerous moles might have one or more of the ABCDEs: Asymmetry, border irregularity, color that isn’t uniform, a diameter bigger than the size of a pencil eraser, or an evolving color, shape, or size.
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
If you do have a suspicious mole, the first step is a biopsy with Mohs surgery. This is the most effective form of skin biopsy that ensures minimal scarring and a single office visit. The mole is removed and immediately checked by our in-office lab to ensure all borders are clear. If they aren’t, a tiny additional sliver is removed. This process continues until the biopsy gets an “all clear” and patients aren’t stuck with a bigger scar than necessary or with multiple office visits. Mo’ moles, Mohs problem, anyone?
Consider regular mole checks a part of your overall skin care regimen. It’s just as important as seeing your doctor for a yearly physical and can be added into services for men, your regular chemical peel, laser rejuvenation treatment, or any other appointment. Call RefinedMD today at (408) 688-2082 to book an appointment.