Moles on the skin are quite common and are generally harmless. There is usually no cause for concern. However, it is important to know when to get a mole checked out. After all, itchiness, bleeding, or changes in the appearance of a mole are sometimes signs of skin cancer. Fortunately, here at Griffith Dermatology in Knoxville, TN, your experienced dermatologists, Dr. Robert C. Griffith and Dr. Robert D. Griffith, can examine your moles and test for skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Warning Signs
You should become familiar with the moles on your skin, for hanges in the appearance of a mole could be a warning sign of possible cancer. For example, if the shape of a mole changes or if the mole becomes larger in size, cancer cells could be present. See a dermatologist right away if you observe any changes in the size, shape, texture, or color of existing moles. New moles should also be examined for cancer.
The dermatologists at our Knoxville office can tell you what to look for when checking your moles. Signs of possible skin cancer include:
- Itchy patches around a mole
- Moles that begin bleeding
- Tender or painful moles
- Changes to the texture of a mole
- Changes to the color, shape or size of a mole
- Multi-colored or asymmetrical moles
Following an examination, even if skin cancer is not present, the dermatologist might still recommend the removal of certain moles to prevent skin cancer later. For instance, moles on the face, arms, or other areas that are regularly exposed to the sun could be more vulnerable to certain types of skin cancer, such as melanoma. Removing those moles reduces the risk.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
To have a mole checked out, see one of the skilled dermatologists at our office in Knoxville, TN. To schedule an appointment, call Griffith Dermatology today by dialing (865) 588-1361.