Most moles and birthmarks are harmless, but in some cases they can develop into a potentially fatal skin cancer, malignant melanoma. That’s why it is important to schedule an annual full-body skin examination with one of our dermatologists and to conduct monthly self-exams to track any changes on the surface of your skin.
Contact us immediately if you notice any of the following warning signs:
- The mole/mark is larger than six millimeters.
- It itches or bleeds.
- There is a rapid change in color, size, shape or elevation.
- The mole/mark exhibits multiple colors.
- The mole/mark is asymmetrical.
- The borders of the mole/mark are irregular.
A biopsy can confirm whether a suspicious mole is cancerous. If a mole is cancerous, it must be surgically removed. This is a routine outpatient procedure performed in our office.
If a mole or birthmark is strictly a cosmetic concern, the method of removing it would depend on the size and location of the spot, as well as the patient’s skin type and skin pigmentation. Laser treatment and surgical excision are among the options for removing a non-cancerous mole or birthmark.
Contact us at (970) 667-3116 to schedule your annual full-body skin examination.