Analysis of Skin Lesions

It is normal to have moles, sometimes even 40 or more. Most people think of a mole as a dark brown spot, but moles have a wide range of appearances. They can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. They are usually brown in color and vary in size and shape. The brown color is caused by melanocytes, specialized cells in the skin that produce the pigment melanin.

Our skin cancer screening includes a thorough evaluation of moles. Many times, only a highly trained dermatologist can conclude whether or not these moles have atypical appearances. If you have a mole that appears to be changing or growing, we recommend you schedule a visit to see a dermatologist. Educating patients on what changes to look for and the various characteristics of abnormal moles is very important in the prevention of skin cancer.

If you have never had your skin checked, or if it has been over a year since your last skin exam, call our office to schedule an appointment today. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and worldwide, but it is easily treated and preventable with regular skin exams and use of SPF (30 or greater!). 

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