Most skin moles are nothing to worry about and are benign, which means that they are non cancerous. However, sometimes there is a cause to worry, this is why it is so important to understand the different types of lesions and the different signs for changes that you should be watching out for on your skin. This way you will be able to analyze your moles successfully.
A common mole is usually small and round, or oval shaped. These common moles are either rounded and raised or flat across the skin. These types of lesions are on our skin when we are born, but sometimes they are not yet visible. These change slightly over the years, and usually within the first twenty or thirty years of someone’s life.
The common moles will become darker, or maybe even protrude from the skin farther. This type of lesions is not usually a cause for alarm and lesions are only removed if the mole is in an uncomfortable spot on the person’s body, such as if it gets caught on a razor while shaving or rubs against clothing in an awkward, or painful way.
These congenital moles are also present at birth, and fall into two groups:
- giant nevi, which is over 20cm wide
- small nevi, which is under 1.5chm wide
Some of these lesions take up a lot of space, so remember that if you ever want to get them removed it might also require a skin graft after the removal of this skin mole. Another thing to remember is that congenital moles are a great risk of cancer, so it is very important that you keep a close eye on these lesions and watch for any sort of changes in color or size.
Another word for the atypical moles is a dysplastic nevi, which is an uneven shape and longer in the length than a regular lesion is. These moles are different because the mole is not always the same color. It might be a dark brown at the center and feather out in a much lighter color, sometimes there are even different colors around the edges, such as green, yellow, or red.
Since there is such a large amount of moles with this type, there is a higher risk of melanoma cancer, with is a very aggressive type of cancer.
Checking Your Lesions
Even though it is very important not to get yourself too worried about the possibility of a cancerous lesion, especially when most of them are non cancerous, meaning that they are benign, it is still vital that you keep track of all of your moles. If a new mole appears out of the blue, then perhaps it is time to take a trip to your doctor’s office. Or, if a mole has suddenly changed its shape, size or color, then it is definitely important to get checked out by your doctor. It is very important that you check for these signs.