Many patients have moles on their body. It is not unusual to be born with several throughout the body. However, just because you have a mole doesn’t mean that you have skin cancer. Understanding the difference between a regular, everyday mole and one that might be indicative of skin cancer is key to monitoring for changes that may need further evaluation. At Georgia Dermatology Partners, we provide skin cancer assessments and services such as mole mapping to keep an eye out for the early signs of skin cancer. What should you look for?
When should I be concerned about a mole?
Patients with moles may ask their dermatologist at Georgia Dermatology Partners about what to look for when it comes to finding moles that may indicate the presence of cancer. In most patients, the formation of a new mole, or changes to an existing one, is a reason for concern. Our doctors at Georgia Dermatology Partners can evaluate a new growth on the skin and, if we are concerned about possible cancerous cells, we can take a sample called a biopsy. This sample is sent to an outside laboratory for evaluation to determine if skin cancer is present. With a positive diagnosis, patients can then work with their doctor to discuss the next course of action to treat the cancer effectively.
What changes should I look for?
Below are a few things to keep in mind when monitoring moles on the skin for skin cancer:
- Itching or bleeding moles
- Changes in the color, shape, and size of the mole
- A new mole or other skin growth that develops
Patients are also encouraged to book annual skin cancer screenings to increase the chances of finding cancer in the earliest stages for the best possible outcome in treatment.
Call Georgia Dermatology Partners today
If you notice changes in an existing mole or new mole formation, it is a good idea to connect with a dermatologist to get a thorough evaluation and determine if skin cancer is present. At Georgia Dermatology Partners, patients can work with our doctors to undergo annual skin cancer screenings. Call (770) 972-4845 to request an appointment at any one of our four convenient locations throughout the state of Georgia.