Most people have 10-40 moles on their body, appearing in childhood and adolescence. Most moles are harmless, but if you’re concerned that one may not be, let the experienced professionals at Specialists in Dermatology PLLC in Tucson, Arizona, help you with a diagnosis and, if necessary, treatment. For a private and thorough exam, call the friendly office staff today to book your appointment.
Moles appear as small, dark brown spots on your skin. A mole is made up of a cluster of skin cells and may fade over time or change in appearance as you age. Some moles turn into melanomas and need removal, especially if they’re cancerous. Moles are mostly harmless but self-exams and dermatologist monitoring can detect cancerous moles in their early stages.
Moles and melanomas are similar in appearance. Healthy moles have consistent colors, ranging from light pink to dark brown, are oval or round in shape, and smaller than the size of an eraser on a pencil. Melanomas change in size, shape, or color and grow larger than normal, healthy moles. Both moles and melanomas appear on any part of your body including your scalp, arms, and legs. If you suspect a mole may be a melanoma, check with the team at Specialists in Dermatology right away.
If you notice a new mole or are worried about an existing one, don’t immediately suspect cancer. Do, however, set up an appointment with Specialists in Dermatology, so they can help determine whether your mole is cancerous.
Your skilled doctor performs a test, called a biopsy, of your mole during your appointment. Thanks to their in-house pathology lab, the results of your biopsy are available the same day.
Whether your mole is benign (non-cancerous) or a malignant melanoma (cancerous), the committed staff at Specialists in Dermatology wants you to know your options for removal.
If you have a cancerous melanoma, Mohs surgery could be an option. Specialists in Dermatology has a Mohs surgery suite specifically designed for melanoma removal. If your mole isn’t cancerous but you still want it removed, a simple cosmetic procedure could be an option for you.
Caring for your skin after your mole is removed is important. If the mole returns or becomes inflamed, call the office immediately for follow-up care.
If you’re concerned about a newly discovered mole or a change in an existing one, or are simply feeling self-conscious about a mole on your skin, the team at Specialists in Dermatology stands ready to offer compassionate, quality care. Book your appointment today by calling the office nearest you.