Many people have moles on their skin; mostly moles appear in early childhood and during the first 20 years of a person’s life. Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a group instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years and during pregnancy.
All moles are not cancerous but some of them can become cancerous after a period of time. Normal moles are brown, tan or pink in color or may sometimes be similar to the person’s skin color. They are generally oval or round in shape. Cancerous moles usually look different than normal moles. One can find a difference in color, shape or size.
Cancerous Moles Symptoms
Here are cancerous moles symptoms which help to understand the type of mole.
If the mole increases or decreases in size, itch, change color or bleed then it may be a cancerous mole.
Normal moles are usually less than 6 millimeters. If the mole appears to be larger than the mentioned size, this is one of the common cancerous moles signs.
A normal mole is usually of the same color throughout but the cancerous mole change it colors like shades of brown, tan, black, blue or red.
Divide mole into two equal halves and compare the two halves with each other. If both sides are different from each other, consult a dermatologist as it may be a cancerous mole.
Cancerous Moles Treatment
If the mole turns out to be a cancerous one, immediately consult a dermatologist, who will remove the mole and the skin around it. People with cancerous moles should be careful even after the treatment as there are chances of it recurring.