Though there’s nothing unusual about having a mole, or even several, some moles can be dangerous and lead to skin cancer if they are not treated or fully removed by a dermatologist in time. Knowing what to look for in a suspicious mole and knowing how to tell if a mole is cancerous begins with regular self-checks at home.
Regular self-checks should be done where the whole body is examined from head to toe, including crevices, in between fingers and toes, behind ears, on the scalp and so on. Any moles that are completely new to the body, odd in shape or color, uneven, itchy, bleeding, or growing are moles that should be checked out by a dermatologist for evaluation.
What Does a Mole Check Entail?
Here at the St Louis Liposuction Center, we perform a full body mole check to determine whether or not your mole is cancerous. This includes:
- Visual Evaluation: Dr. Wright will examine each mole individually, taking into account shape, size, and sensitivity
- Skin Biopsy: For moles determine possibly cancerous, a biopsy will be performed to confirm or deny suspicions. This only takes a few moments and is minimally invasive.
- Scheduling a Follow Up Visit: If you are found to have skin cancer, we will schedule a follow up visit to plan our next steps and, if necessary, surgery.
Why Choose Dr. Wright?
Healthy skin is an important part of overall health . A mole check should be done by a dermatologist who is experienced and trained in checking patients for potentially cancerous moles. Such a dermatologist will know how to tell if a mole is likely cancerous, remove the mole or moles, have them sent to a lab for further testing, and recommend a treatment plan if necessary.
Visit your Dermatologist as Soon as Possible for your Mole Check
Early detection is absolutely essential in getting dangerous moles removed, which is why it’s so important not only to do regular self-checks at home, but to schedule a yearly dermatologist appointment, even if you don’t necessarily have any moles or areas of your body that you’re particularly concerned with. Doing so will provide peace of mind and assurance that all is well or it will serve to catch potentially dangerous growths that you may have missed in checking yourself.
If you have any moles that are of concern to you, or if you want to learn how to tell if a mole is cancer, start by making an appointment with the best dermatologist in St. Louis, Dr. Wright, and let us know that you are seeking a full body mole check and want to have specific moles looked at. Even if you don’t have any moles in particular that are causing you worry, it’s a good idea to get yourself checked once a year. Skin cancer can affect people of all ages, skin tones, races and genders, so prevention is the best cure.