A mole can be just a mole, that is, a typically harmless growth or pigmentation on your skin, it is rare that they become cancerous. But that is no reason to lower your guard when a quick self-examination can often tell you a lot. The guidelines below can help you identify potential issues with moles on your skin, but a regular checkup with your Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologist is still always recommended. Learn more by reaching out directly to Dr. Trent Massengale of Atlas Dermatology.
Signs of Concern
A commonly used and simple-to-use system to determine if a mole is possibly concerning is to apply the ABCDE method. It is not a definitive way to do so and does not replace regular office visits, in fact, it's a good way to supplement seeing your dermatologist for a thorough examination.
Every letter in ABCDE represents what can be potentially a sign of concern if you notice the characteristic present on a mole.
A stands for asymmetry, which can be an issue as most normal moles tend to have symmetry to them. That is, it should look as if you put a mirror in the middle of it, one side matching the other.
B stands for borders and could be an issue if the mole's borders have irregular or jagged edges.
C refers to the color of the mole, which should be uniform throughout, it could be concerning if the pigmentation varies.
D is diameter, most moles are small and could be a problem if they are larger than the size of a pencil's eraser, or one-quarter of an inch in diameter.
E is evolving, or evolution, which means that you should speak with your dermatologist if you notice a mole that's experiencing changes to any of the above-mentioned characteristics. That is, keep an eye out for moles that change in shape, color, or size over time.
Moles Treatment in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA
If you've encountered moles that appear to be concerning or are looking for all the ways that you can prevent skin cancer, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Massengale of Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, by dialing today.