5 Ways to Recognize Dangerous Moles
Moles are not usually dangerous, but if they start changing their shape, size and color, you should be worried.
A mole on the skin is essentially an assemblage of cell pigments that are present in the basal layer of the epidermis. They can appear on any body part and have any size or shape, but they are usually brown, which is caused by a natural pigment called melanin. Melanin is produced by special cells called melanocytes and it protects us from the damage caused by the harmful UV-rays from the sun. Some moles are present since birth, some can disappear over time, but some can stay on your skin for your whole life.
Moles can change their shape and size due to hormonal changes or pregnancy. If you notice any of the following changes on your mole, visit your doctor immediately as it can be a sign of melanoma.
- Your mole has an asymmetrical shape;
- The edges of the mole are not clearly defined;
- A mole should have solid color – if it’s multicolored or dark, you should visit a skin doctor;
- Bigger moles (above 6 mm. in circumference) are actually the ones you should be more worried about;
- If you noticed your mole changing shape or size or it bleeds, visit a skin doctor immediately!