The warning signs of dangerous moles are usually all visual but 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 for Asymmetry; B for
Irregular Borders; C for
Black or uneven Colors; D for diameter greater than a pencil eraser; and E
for a growth that is Evolving or changing. If necessary, it is an
extremely simple five minute procedure for a dermatologist to remove the mole
using either a "punch" or a "shave" biopsy which typically
leaves a minimal scar. The mole can then be checked microscopically for
You can follow the video link to learn more about identifying the
changes in moles that are suspicious for skin cancer.
Any mole that is changing in color or looks "suspicious" should be examined by a board certified dermatologist. Most time the mole will need to be removed and sent to the pathologist for examination to determine if it is skin cancer. Please let me know the results of your examination.
Any mole that is irregular-looking and causes some symptoms should definitely be examined. Please show it to the surgeon at your appointment. Pathology will give a definite diagnosis. Remember to use sun protection.