When moles may require skin cancer treatments in the Irvine area
With the prevalence of skin cancer so well known, many people are unsure of how to feel about moles on their body. Moles are a common occurrence, with most of us having between ten and forty of these spots. These areas of pigmentation may sometimes be dark brown and flat. Other moles may be light brown and slightly raised. In essence, moles can be as unique as our fingerprints, which can only cause confusion when trying to determine if a mole should be evaluated for skin cancer treatments, or if it is merely a mole. In our office near Irvine, CA, we help patients make this determination.
How to tell a mole from skin cancer
One of the best ways to identify problem areas on the skin is to regularly perform self-examinations of all parts of the body. Knowing your skin is an essential part of maintaining optimal health. Any moles that seem out of the ordinary for you should be further examined by your board-certified dermatologist.
True moles are those that are present at birth. Any mole that appears later in life is a sign of sun damage, and could potentially be skin cancer. A key factor in recognizing a healthy mole versus a spot that may be suspicious is continuity. Basically, moles do not change; they remain uniform in shape, size, and color. Red flags in moles include changes in shape, texture, size, or color over time. Moles that are irregularly shaped, very large, multi-colored, or that bleed should all be evaluated by your dermatologist. Though not all suspicious moles are a sign of melanoma,they may be indicative of another type of skin cancer.Self examinations may begin with a professional skin cancer screening at Arta Dermatology, during which Dr. Farshidi can demonstrate how this monthly examination should be performed.
What if skin cancer is detected?
Due to advances in cancer treatments, most cased of melanoma can be treated successfully when early detection occurs. The risk of recurrence increases, however, when it takes longer to identify this type of skin cancer. Your dermatologist has several treatment options that may be suitable for melanoma and other types of skin cancer. The form of treatment recommended depends on type and severity.
Just because a mole is not a form of skin cancer does not mean that it should remain. There are instances in which one may choose to have a mole removed, or when Dr. Farshidi will recommend mole removal. For instance, a mole that is in a place where it is regularly disturbed may need to be removed in order to prevent irritation and bleeding.
Arta Dermatology in Newport Beach is a place in which your various skin concerns are handled with outstanding care. Contact our office to schedule your skin cancer screening.
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