Find out the warning signs that might make a mole suspect.
Most people have moles somewhere on their body, generally anywhere from at least 10 moles but usually no more than 40. While moles are genetic, other factors like your sun exposure increase how many moles you have. If you have a mole that is new or one you just noticed you might wondering if it’s a cause for concern. Learn more about different moles and when you might want to see one of our Baton Rouge dermatologists Dr. William Trent Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Coreil Record.
Types of Moles
There are three main types of moles:
Congenital: These moles are present from the moment you’re born and they may be at an increased risk of developing skin cancer later on in life.
Acquired: This is the most common type of mole, and they usually develop during childhood or early adulthood. Acquired moles may be the result of sun exposure but many of them won’t develop into skin cancer.
Atypical: These moles are much larger than regular moles and are often irregularly shaped. They may also contain more than one color. These moles are often hereditary and can increase your chances of skin cancer.
When You Should See Your Skin Doctor in Baton Rouge
If you notice a suspicious-looking growth then it’s always important to consult us right away to make sure that it isn’t melanoma. By examining your skin every day you can make it easier to spot new moles right away. If you have a family history of skin cancer or if you have a lot of moles or freckles it’s important that you see us for regular skin exams.
When looking at a mole always remember the ABCDEs of suspicious moles:
- A (Asymmetry): when half of a mole is shaped differently than the other half
- B (Border): when a mole has a poorly defined border
- C (Color): when a mole contains multiple colors (e.g. black, brown, red, etc.)
- D (Diameter): when a mole is larger than a pencil eraser
- E (Evolving) when a mole changes color, shape or size over time
Also, if a mole is painful, itches or bleeds this also means you should make a visit to our office. Always follow the ABCDEs of determining whether a mole is suspicious and if you aren’t sure, it’s always best to play it safe and see us.
Whether you have a suspicious mole or you just have questions about your skin, turn to the Baton Rouge skin care team at Atlas Dermatology. Call our office today!