Should I Be Concerned About a Mole?
posted: Dec. 16, 2021.
At Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases, we can provide screening and skin cancer treatment in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, for residents throughout the area. For example, we can help you decide if your new mole is a problem or not. In most cases, your mole is probably not something you need to worry about, but there are times when it is worrisome.
Moles Shouldn't Be a Big Concern
Moles are very common and indicate a minor mutation in your skin cells. This mutation is not at all like that of a cancer cell and is perfectly safe. That said, UV exposure may mutate these cells further, as they are at a higher risk of mutation than normal cells. As a result, they could become cancerous. Thankfully, proper sunscreen or shading when outside should help to minimize your risk here.
Even New Moles May Not Be a Problem
Did you develop a new mole out of nowhere? You probably don't need screening or skin cancer treatment in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA, just yet. New moles are not uncommon and typically occur on people who already have many. However, each new mole does increase your melanoma risk. So, when is it time to start worrying?
When You Should See a Doctor About a Mole
Did you notice that your mole changed in some way that you weren't expecting? In this situation, you are right to be worried about your mole and may need to see a dermatologist or cancer specialist right away. Ways that your mole may change include when:
- Your mole gets bigger or continues to grow or expand unexpectedly
- It starts to itch or bleed, as moles should not cause these symptoms
- Your mole starts to look lumpier or doesn't have a symmetric shape anymore
- You notice your mole changing colors or possessing multiple colors
Changing mole colors often include red, white, blue, tan, or black, depending on the original mole color. If you spot any of these symptoms, there's a chance that your mole may be mutating and needs to be checked immediately. However, waiting too long is a potential danger that could put your life at risk. We're not trying to scare you, but immediate action is critical.
Get Help Today
If you're concerned about a mole and want to get it checked out, please contact us at Atlanta Center for Dermatological Diseases. We can provide screening and skin cancer treatment in Roswell, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs, GA. Call our Sandy Springs office at (404) 252-4333, Roswell at (770) 751-1133, Alpharetta at (770) 664-5225, or Cumming at (770) 844-1902 to get started.