A black mole should be checked by a dermatologist
Because a black mole may be a skin cancer, it is important to have any mole that color checked by a board certified dermatologist. The American Academy of Dermatology's ABCDE guide is helpful as already listed.
Pain in a mole is not a warning sign of skin cancer
Any time a mole has a black color, to be safe, you should be carefully evaluated by a
board certified dermatologist. Please use the ABCDE
's as your guide for when to be concerned about moles: A
symmetry; irregular B
orders; black or uneven C
iameter greater than a pencil eraser; and a growth that is E
volving or changing. If necessary, it is an extremely
simple five minute procedure for a dermatologist to remove the mole using
either a "shave" biopsy which typically leaves
a minimal scar. The mole can then be checked microscopically for reassurance.
If you never noticed it before, never a bad
idea to have it checked...on the other hand, if it's round, regular, uniform and small and if there's not a history of skin cancer / melanoma...then you can watch it over time...if it doesn't change, you're okay...we all have lots of moles and those that look just like all the others are not worrisome...on the other hand, if there's any question, see your dermatologist