How To Detect Cancerous Moles

June 27, 2011

Moles are highly cancerous in nature and they can be life threatening especially when they are not diagnosed on time or when they are not treated on time. Though, it is true that not all moles are cancerous, even the non cancerous ones can turn to cancerous moles it the long run. Moles rarely grow in adulthood but adults who notice this growth on their skin need to take some necessary precautions. Moles may develop into cancer tumours especially when left untreated.


Moles can either appear in a tan, pink or brown colour. They can also be flat or raised slightly on the skin. Moles that are normal often come in an Oval or circular shape with cancerous moles on the other hand, looks quite different from the normal moles especially in appearance and in colour. They also look different in size and shape.


One of the quickest ways by which you can know that a mole is cancerous in nature is its height. Cancerous moles are often elevated and rapidly increase in size.  If the mole either decreases or increases in diameter as well as in shape and colour, then you need to suspect that it is cancerous in nature. Some may be flat in the beginning but gradually become elevated.


Size is another thing that can help you detect if your mole infection is cancer. The normal mole should be 6mm in diameter or less, if your mole is wider than 6mm in diameter then you need to consult a dermatologist.  The appearance of shades is another way to detect a cancerous mole. Normal moles have the save colour all through, however cancerous moles may have different shades such as black, tan, red and brown. Moles with different colours are often cancerous.


The asymmetry of the mole is another way through which you can detect if it is cancerous in nature. Moles will normally look alike when you divide them into two equal parts, however when a mole looks different when you slit it into two then you need to see your dermatologist for possible prevention against skin cancer in the future.


The removal of cancerous moles is quite irritating and may require the use of some anesthesia, and even after treatment you will need to check the treated site every 1-2 years because of the possibility of a recurrence.



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