Can Red Skin Moles Indicate Cancer?

behealthy October 3, 2012 0
Can Red Skin Moles Indicate Cancer?

When people discover new skin moles they become alarmed very quickly, especially if their color is not the regular brownish shade that we are all used to. It usually happens that these moles have a combination of different colors, such as blue, white or red. The red ones share the same characteristics as the brown moles: they are about the same size and they are slightly elevated.

Generally speaking, most of the new blemishes turn out to be non-cancerous – even so, many people get frightened whenever they discover new skin moles, and for a good reason. It is highly recommended to get your moles checked regularly. In the end, better be safe than sorry!

How Dangerous Are Red Skin Blemishes?

red moleRed skin mole is definitely a serious cause to concern. There are several aspects which can point to a potentially cancerous mole, such as dimension, color and shape. As stated above, these moles are benign most of the time – even so, this does not mean that things cannot change over the years! This is why it is essential to inspect both your old and new moles regularly. If they are located in areas that are difficult to inspect (like behind your ears or on your back), then ask somebody to check them for you.

What To Do When You Discover A New Blemish

The golden rule is to check your mole regularly and keep in mind the ABCDE method. The ABCDE method is very useful when it comes to understanding the risks associated with moles and it also helps you discover which skin moles carry a high risk for melanoma. It is essential to keep calm and seek medical help if you believe something is wrong with one of your moles. Here is what you need to take into consideration when you inspect your moles:

  1. Asymmetry: normal, healthy blemishes are symmetrical and round, while cancerous moles often turn out to be asymmetrical;
  2. Border: If you discover skin blemish that have uneven borders (with ragged or notched edges), you must see a dermatologist right away.
  3. Color: if the color is uniform, then the blemish is very likely to be benign. If you discover a mole with different shades of blue, red, white, black or purple then you should have it checked as soon as possible;
  4. Diameter: a healthy blemish should be smaller than a pencil eraser. If it is bigger, then you should have it checked, just to make sure everything is alright;
  5. Evolution: last but not least, keep all your blemishes under observation and see whether there are any changes. You could take a picture of your moles and then compare them – as a matter of fact, this is actually recommended for a more accurate comparison.

In conclusion, even if you find a red mole this does not necessarily mean that it is cancerous. Use the ABCDE method whenever you have to and, if you have any doubts regarding one or more skin moles, it is better to consult your doctor and ask his or her advice. Melanoma is known to be the most dangerous type of skin cancer and early detection is vital. Check your moles regularly and visit a dermatologist at least two times a year.

 



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