To safely remove moles (cancerous, non-cancerous, or inconclusive), a procedure must be performed by a professional, and at Atlas Dermatology, Dr. Trent Massengale and Dr. Joshua Pitre are prepared to assist you in the process of removing any unwanted or precarious moles. Visit one of our two convenient locations in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA, to begin discussing your options to remove your moles.
Keeping An Eye On Your Moles
Pigmented growth clusters on the skin are just moles, but it's important to know if it's cancerous or not. By monitoring your moles, you can notice any unusual changes in the size, shape, color, or outline. These are good indicators to have your mole(s) checked to catch potential signs of cancer early. Following the ABCDE guidance from the American Academy of Dermatology Association is recommended to properly identify a cancerous or non-cancerous mole.
(A)symmetry—Is one half of your mole dissimilar to the other?
(B)order—Is the outline of your mole abnormal or irregular?
(C)olor—Does your mole show a multitude of tones?
(D)iameter—Cancerous moles are often compared to the size of a pencil eraser. So when observing moles on your skin, be sure to consider if your mole is akin to the size of a pencil eraser.
(E)volving—Is your mole changing in shape compared to your other moles?
Diagnosing Non-Cancerous and Cancerous Moles
Recognizing any abnormalities that develop should promptly be examined by your Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, Atlas Dermatology professional. The first step in checking any moles of concern is to have a biopsy done to properly identify the mole, and if it needs to be surgically removed.
Dr. Massengale and Dr. Pitre can help discern the seriousness of your mole(s) by presenting you options of treatment or removal. For peace of mind, book an appointment in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, with Atlas Dermatology by calling (225) 313-4560.