Abnormal moles, or those which seem to appear out of nowhere, are commonly associated with being a sign of some sort of illness or disease. They are particularly associated with skin cancer and can sometimes be a lifesaving indicator of the problem.
As the name indicates, abnormal moles are those which seem to have appeared recently and may potentially feel or look different to those that an individual was born with or has had for some time. There are several signs that identify abnormal moles:
Finding these abnormal moles is rarely difficult as they are generally extremely noticeable depending on the individual’s lifestyle and how much attention they pay to their own body.
If they or their family are particularly prone to moles, then it is generally recommended that they thoroughly check themselves once a month to ensure that nothing new has developed. This is generally undertaken with a mirror, allowing all parts of the body, including the back, to be checked thoroughly. The back is particularly important as it is one of the main areas exposed to the sun.
Generally, most people have a reasonable idea of what constitutes a normal mole. These look and feel exactly as would be expected and are often not a sign of anything dangerous. While some will always prefer to get them checked out, it is not completely necessary unless something seems to be wrong with the mole itself.
These unusual moles are known as abnormal moles. The term is used to describe both new moles that have never been seen before and are somewhat different, or existing moles that have changed in some way, particularly in terms of their shape or color. Many also choose to include new moles of any type that appear during adulthood. All are considered a good reason to seek medical advice, even if only for peace of mind. Both new and existing moles can easily be identified as abnormal. Anything that involves the mole itching, bleeding or becoming in any way painful should result in a visit to the local dermatologist.
If an individual does indeed come across a mole that is either new or visibly different to others on the body, then there is a chance that it is an indicator of something more severe. A dermatologist specializes in skin problems, and will usually assess the mole visually, while also taking a sample if they feel it to be necessary. This sample, known as a skin biopsy, is then examined separately. Even this small sample can indicate whether skin cancer or any other illness is present, and also provide a good estimate of how severe or deep the case is.
Depending upon the results, the dermatologist will devise a suitable treatment plan. Often, many patients will discover that there is absolutely no problem with the mole. However, at other times, bad news means that the person should be treated as soon as possible and get a mole removal.
It is important to remember that not every abnormal mole indicates an illness or disease. However, in the absence of more striking symptoms, they are the most reliable way of telling whether something may be wrong. It is therefore equally important to remember that any changes should be noted and reported immediately, as skin cancer and related diseases are easier to treat the earlier they are identified.