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It is normal for people to have a few moles present somewhere on their body. In most cases, moles are harmless. However, some moles do present a risk for developing skin cancer. Any moles that are a concern can be removed by a dermatologist. A dermatologist can examine any moles you have to assess whether or not removal is necessary. At South County Dermatology, Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione are your dermatologists for mole removal in East Greenwich, RI.
When Mole Removal is Necessary
Mole removal could be necessary when there are signs of possible cancer growth. Changes in the appearance of moles can be an indication of cancer development. The change can be in the color, size, shape, or texture of the mole. The bottom line is that any change is suspicious and should be examined by a dermatologist. American Academy of Dermatology has identified the following characteristics as being possible indicators of cancerous growth that could necessitate removal of a mole:
- The mole is asymmetrical
- The mole has a poorly defined or an irregular border
- The mole is not a consistent color throughout
- The mole is 6mm or greater in size
- The appearance of the mole has changed
It is important that you schedule a skin-cancer screening with a dermatologist if you observe any of the above characteristics in any of the moles on your body. A dermatologist can perform a biopsy of any suspicious moles to determine if cancer cells are present. Even if there is no sign of cancer, the dermatologist could still recommend removal of suspicious moles as a preventive measure.
The Mole Removal Process
The mole removal process is fairly straightforward out-patient procedure so you can return home the same day. To remove a mole, the doctor can either shave the mole off with a scalpel or remove it through excision. The doctor will first numb the area around the mole before removing it. If the mole is removed by excision, stitches will be required to close the area following removal of the mole. If the mole is shaved off, no stitches are typically necessary as the mole is generally removed flush with the skin level.
A dermatologist can determine if removal of any moles is necessary. For mole removal in East Greenwich, RI schedule an appointment with Dr. Dyer or Dr. Criscione by calling South County Dermatology at (401) 471-3376. Other office locations include Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI.
Find out whether your moles are healthy or may need to be removed.
Moles are common skin growths that most people have at least one of, if not a few. While those with fairer skin may sport more moles than someone with darker skin, it’s important that if you do have moles that you can continue to monitor them regularly for any changes. Our East Greenwich, RI, dermatologists, Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione, are here to tell you the telltale warning signs that may mean it’s time to have that mole removed.
Most of the moles that we have on our bodies appeared during childhood or our teen years. Moles come in a variety of different sizes and colors. Of course, if you are starting to notice any changes to a mole this could be an early warning sign of melanoma, a very serious type of skin cancer that can be life-threatening if left untreated.
You should schedule a consultation with our East Greenwich skin doctor if you have:
- An asymmetrical mole (if you were to draw a line down the middle of mole, both sides would be symmetrical in size and shape, if they aren’t this could be an early warning sign)
- A mole that contains several different colors
- A mole that itches, bleeds or scabs over or becomes raised
- A mole that has a fuzzy, poorly defined border
- A mole that is larger than the eraser end of a pencil
Everyone from children to adults should come in once a year to get a full skin cancer screening. While you should certainly be examining your skin on your own and checking moles once a month this thorough professional evaluation will ensure that if there is melanoma present that it’s detected and treated right away.
Of course, not all moles are cancerous but patients just find them unsightly or a nuisance. If you have a mole that makes you feel uncomfortable to bear your arms in the summer or you have a mole on your face, then you may just want to have it removed to improve your appearance. Luckily, a mole can easily be removed right here in our office. While you should never try and remove a mole at home, our dermatologists can easily perform a simple surgical procedure to remove the mole and stitch up the area. A mole can often be removed in just one visit.
If in doubt, call South County Dermatology in East Greenwich, RI, to find out if you need to have a mole removed. No matter whether you are noticing any changes to the mole or it’s in a less-than-ideal spot, we can help.
Almost all adults have a few moles scattered across their bodies; the average amount is between 10 to 40 moles. If you've wondered about the size, shape or appearance of any of your moles, our dermatology professionals at South County Dermatology in Narragansett, Westerly, Barrington and East Greenwich, RI have some basic information for you.
What are moles?
When skin cells called melanocytes bunch up in a small, rounded cluster rather than spreading out evenly, a mole, or nevus, develops. Moles can be flat or raised and are usually a different color than the skin surrounding them; they can be pink, tan, red or brown. People with lighter skin tones typically have more moles. While most moles are normal and harmless, some can have irregular properties like notched borders, varied colors or diameters larger than 5 millimeters. Many of these moles are atypical or dysplastic, which means they are benign but have physical features that mimic cancer. However, if these features develop suddenly, it can be indicative of skin cancer. In these cases, the mole will need to be removed by your Narragansett, Westerly, Barrington and East Greenwich dermatologist.
What is a cancerous mole?
There are three basic types of skin cancers that arise from moles: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. The first two are more common and less likely to spread to other areas of the body, while melanoma can be life-threatening if it spreads, or metastasizes. The good news is that by visiting your dermatology office once a year for a skin check, you increase the likelihood that any skin cancers will be detected early, which in turn greatly reduces your risk for developing metastasized melanoma.
Why are moles removed?
There are several reasons why moles are removed from a patient's body at our dermatology practice. It could be a cosmetic issue; some visible moles on the face, neck or chest can be distracting. Other moles might be in a location where they are constantly irritated by clothing or jewelry. Other moles might display properties of dysplasia or cancer that our dermatology professionals want to investigate further, and by removing these moles, they can be analyzed in a laboratory.
To schedule an appointment for a skin check or any other dermatology-related issue, contact South County Dermatology in Narragansett, Westerly, Barrington and East Greenwich, RI today!