By Dermatology and Dermatologic Surger
August 30, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Freckle   Mole  

Like any form of cancer, untreated skin cancer is a serious condition with the potential for serious consequences. Knowing how to spot a suspicious mole and tell the difference between a mole and a freckle can help catch skin cancer earlier while it is at its most curable stages. Learn more about spotting suspicious moles with your South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL dermatologists, Dr. Jeffrey Berti Moleand Dr. Toula Romas Berti, at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

Mole vs. Freckle

Moles can develop on the body until you reach about 30 years old. Most people have no more than 20 moles on their bodies. If you have 50 or more moles, you should see your dermatologist for an examination. Freckles occur due to the sun’s UV rays. These light patches of pigmentation are usually a sign that you are getting too much sun exposure and should apply more sunscreen more often. While most cases of skin cancer produce a new mole, cancer can develop in existing moles or birthmarks. Birthmarks are more susceptible to cancer than existing moles.
 

Signs of Skin Cancer
To easily remember the warning signs of skin cancer, refer to the National Cancer Society’s ABCDEs of skin cancer:

  • Asymmetry: Regular moles are circular or oval. Cancerous moles are asymmetrical and may be larger on one side than the other.
  • Border: A mole’s border should be smooth and straight. If your mole’s border is lumpy or irregular, it could be skin cancer.
  • Color: Moles should be pink to brown in color. They should also be one solid color. Be on the look out for moles which have two or more colors within their borders or are particularly dark, especially compared to your other moles.
  • Diameter: The general rule of thumb is that moles should be no bigger than 5 millimeters, or about the size of a pencil’s eraser.
  • Evolution: Normal moles stay the same general size and shape and do not change. If you notice a new mole or you notice that a mole is changing in size, shape, color, symmetry or begins to itch or bleed, you should see your South Barrington and Willowbrook dermatologist as soon as possible.

For more information on moles, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Berti and 
Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL. Call (630) 321-0303 to schedule your skin examination with your doctor today!

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