Things You Should Know About Changing Moles And Skin Cancer Risk

First Posted: Aug 04, 2016 05:53 AM EDT

The Consumer Reports stated that mole that is changing in size and appearance for over the years has a potential for skin cancer risk. The mole may become a melanoma, which is a deadly skin cancer.

There are some signs that a mole could turn into a melanoma. If your mole changes you have to see a doctor right away. Among the symptoms of a mole becoming melanoma are the mole is getting bigger, changing shape and having an irregular edge, changing color and getting darker. Other symptoms include itching or painful, the two halves of your mole do not look the same, looks inflamed and bleeding, according to Cancer Research UK.

It is advisable that you must examine your moles and have them check periodically by a doctor. A study indicates that moles with 3 or more various shades of brown or black would likely to be melanoma. If you also have a dark shade under your nail that is getting bigger and is not caused by injury, you must consult it to a doctor right away.

Moles are also called melanocytic naevi. They are small colored spots on the skin, which are made up of cells called melanocytes. These produce the color in the skin. Adults have about between 10 or 40 moles. The National Cancer Institute stated that having 50 or more moles could have a greater risk of melanoma. On the other hand, it is questioned by a research, which was printed in JAMA Dermatology, according to Daily Local.

The atypical moles, which often visible during puberty yet can pop up in life are considered benign. On the other hand, they have some features of melanoma-like irregular borders. Most of these don't become melanomas, yet they would more likely than common moles to become cancerous. There would be an increased risk of thick or more advanced melanoma if you have five or more atypical moles. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you must have a regular skin self-check and screenings by a doctor. This is to monitor the moles.

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