Moles and Freckles: What You Need To Know

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Published: Apr 17, 2018 | Last Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Worry About Moles and Freckles

Although moles and freckles may seem innocent or contribute to your overall appearance, they can also threaten your health if they become cancerous. When it comes to your skin, freckles and beauty marks can be signs of melanoma and can lead to cancer. To protect your health, there are a few different types of moles and freckles you should to recognize.

1. A Change in Size

Moles or freckles that grow or change in size are a cause of concern and can lead to skin cancer. Moles that are irregular in their shape or have an uneven color should be evaluated by a Dermatology Surgery Center to determine if a biopsy needs to be taken. The border of the mole may be ragged or blurred with a diameter that is larger than the eraser of a pencil.

2. Bleeding or Itching

It’s also important to visit a dermatologist if you have a mole that itches or bleeds on a consistent basis. Moles and freckles shouldn’t be causing irritation and also shouldn’t be tender to the touch. If you notice that the mole bleeds when it’s rubbed, you’ll need to have it looked at by a professional.

3. Unusual Features

Dysplastic Naevi Moles
Naevi or dysplastic naevi moles are also a cause of concern and have unusual features due to the size and shape of the feature. Although they are typically benign on most people, they can still be dangerous if there are five or more of the moles due to melanoma that may be present.

4. Rough or Dry Texture

70 percent of moles and freckles are safe and develop before adulthood, but some should be checked out if they have a rough or dry texture that feels scaly to the touch. The spot may have thickened or raised into a bump over time, making it important to have it inspected as soon as possible and to monitor any changes that may occur. The mole or spot may also be crusted over and is no longer smooth.

Freckles and moles are known to contribute to a person’s appearance and can develop in childhood and adulthood due to hereditary factors and sun exposure.

Although most moles do not contain melanoma, it’s important to keep a close eye on moles or freckles that can have signs of the disease and are not regular with their shape or size. You’ll not only protect your health but can prevent cancer from developing before it’s too late.

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