Moles are pigmented cells that appear in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes - and can develop almost anywhere on the body. The surface of a mole can be smooth or wrinkled, flat or raised. While most moles are harmless, others may become cancerous, which is why it is so important to monitor moles or any other pigmented patches or changes in the skin. The deadly skin cancer, melanoma, can suddenly begin in or near a mole, or another dark spot on the skin or can arise as a new growth or mole. It is important to know the location and appearance of the moles on your body so that you will be aware of any change and seek medical attention immediately. Suspicious signs of melanoma can be summarized by the A, B, C, D, E's.
- Asymmetry - one half does not match the other; moles that are not perfectly round
- Border Irregularity - the edges are ragged, notched or blurred
- Color - the pigmentation is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to the mottled appearance.
- Diameter - the width is greater than six millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser). Any growth of a mole should be a concern
- Evolution - any change in a mole may be a sign of melanoma. In addition to changes in size, shape and color, moles may also evolve to develop new signs and/or symptoms, such as itchiness or bleeding
Moles can be removed for a variety of cosmetic reasons. The type of mole being removed will determine the optimal surgical technique or laser treatment for the most imperceptible scar. Patients take great comfort in knowing that Dr. Tse performs Mole Removal at SkinCare Physicians & Surgeons.
Yardy Tse, MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Practicing in San Diego for over 16 years, Dr Tse is recognized by physicians and patients alike for her expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Tse is also highly regarded for her proficiency in laser surgery and cosmetic medicine.