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How to Tell If a Mole is Cancerous

Friday, 04 Apr 2014 01:49 AM

A number of extensively conducted medical studies indicate that a mole can be linked to skin cancer, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer-linked mole symptoms.
As per oncologists, melanoma is perhaps the deadliest of all the different types of skin cancers. Apart from limiting sunlight exposure as much as possible, early detection of melanoma symptoms is of immense importance. One must be especially careful about any recently developed mole on any part of the skin that is regularly exposed to the sunlight; and a checkup for skin cancer once a month is perhaps the best thing to do in such a scenario.

Moles are usually naturally occurring, especially during the early adulthood and these symptoms are normally not much of a concern. But moles that look any different from others can very well be the symptoms of skin cancer, and a dermatologist should be immediately consulted. It is a good practice to check out for moles on your skin every once in a while, and when you find something not normal or familiar, it is time to consider a specialist for the removal of that particular mole. You should be paying close attention to those particular skin areas for moles those are most exposed to the sun and moles that itch, ooze, get tender, or even do bleed sometimes. They can very well be early symptoms of skin cancer and immediate treatment, often including removal, is the most urgent requirement.
 
Here are a few things that you should look for in moles, which could be possible symptoms of melanoma or skin cancer.
  • If there is any asymmetry between different areas of a single mole.
  • If the moles are ragged, irregular, or blurred.
  • If the mole is different from the others on your skin, especially if they are blue, brown, black, red, or white in color.
  • These moles also normally have a larger diameter.
  • Cancer moles normally keep evolving in terms of their shape, size, and color.
As a basic precautionary measure, all skin moles are better to be considered as suspicious and if there is the slightest of doubt, a skin biopsy is conducted with recommendation from an experienced dermatologist. If it has already become cancerous, a biopsy can determine the actual extent to which the symptoms have penetrated the skin and also suggest the possible means and therapies for quick removal of the already affected cells.
 

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Studies indicate that a mole can be linked to skin cancer, especially if you have a family history of moles linked to skin cancer. However, with prompt medical intervention, moles can be removed.
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