Do You Need a Mole Removed?
By Robert K Dyer, MD
June 25, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Mole  

MoleIf you have moles, it’s only natural to wonder if you should have them removed. The truth is, most people have between 10 and 40 moles, with the look of one varying wildly from another. This can lead to some anxiety in regards to possible health risks. Fortunately, the dermatologists here at South County Dermatology in East Greenwich, RI, are experts at examining moles and removing them if necessary.

More about moles

Moles are caused by the clumping of melanocytes, the skin cells responsible for skin color. While moles are extraordinarily common and usually pose no health risks, they are sometimes an early indicator of skin cancer, as well.

So, how do you know if you have a mole that should be removed? That’s an excellent question. The recommendations are to remove moles that have:

  • Irregular, poorly-defined borders
  • An asymmetrical, non-uniform shape
  • A sudden, noticeable color change
  • A diameter which is larger than 6 millimeters
  • Changed in shape, height, color, or size

Given that skin cancer can be treated if discovered early, it’s important to examine your moles regularly. Make sure to vsit our East Greenwich office if your moles show any of the signs listed above, or if they are:

  • Causing pain, burning, or itching
  • Bleeding or oozing
  • Growing back again after previous removal

If you need a mole removed, don’t worry. The dermatologists here at South County Dermatology offer several effective methods to remove moles. With their expertise, you can be assured that the treatments will be quick and free of discomfort!

Contact us

If you have moles that have an abnormal appearance or have changed recently, it’s time to get them checked out by an expert—after all it could save you from skin cancer! To find out more about moles and mole removal, call the dermatologists at South County Dermatology in East Greenwich, RI, today! Our number is (401) 471-3376