Most people have moles, but few get skin cancer (melanomas). It is far more uncommon to get skin cancer from a mole that it is common. Moles are skin growths that comprise pigmented cells. The chances of a mole becoming cancerous is about one in every 10 000 males and only one in every 12 000 females. But remember that if your mole looks strange, is asymmetrical or is sore to the touch, it is advisable to have it checked out by a medical professional and if suspicious Mole Removal will be advisable.
Mole removal the high-tech way
Moles can appear anywhere on the body either singularly or in clusters. Moles can change in appearance and numbers. Sometimes they eventually fade away or drop off. Some moles respond to changes in hormone levels, as may occur during pregnancy, adolescence and older age. During our teen years they usually grow in number, get darker during pregnancy and gradually fade away when we are older.
The majority of moles appear during the first 20 to 30 years of a person’s life, however, some may be present when the baby is born. Congenital Melanocytic nevi are present at birth, any moles appearing after birth are melanocytic nevi. Dark skinned people generally have fewer moles than those with fair skin.
Most moles are inherited. People brought up in sunny places tend to have more moles than others with the same type of skin who were raised in areas with comparatively little sun exposure. Sun spots, which may be caused by severe sunburn, are not moles.
The vast majority of moles are harmless. In some rare cases they can develop into an aggressive type of skin cancer – malignant melanoma. If you have moles, you should check them regularly for changes in texture and/or appearance.
When it is advisable to remove a mole:
- If a mole looks a little out of the ordinary it is a good idea to have it checked out by a medical professional.
- Although the majority of moles don’t need to be treated these are often removed for cosmetic purposes.
- You need to be concerned if your mole is irregular.
- If the borders of your mole are uneven and indistinct you need to pay your doctor a visit.
- If the colours of your mole are variegated have your mole checked out, too.
- Moles that are larger than 5mm are suspicious and need to be examined by your doctor or a professional skin clinic.
- If there are any changes in a mole, these are warning signs and need to be tested and checked out.
- If the mole does look doubtful, then a biopsy will be done so that you can have it checked for melanoma.
How do we remove moles at our state-of-the-art skin clinic in Sandton?
- Although it is common practices to either cut off a mole, freeze or burn it off, our VisioMed method of mole removal offers a state-of- the-art mole mapping system that will capture images with 3D information that will be viewed on a screen which is magnified by 120 X.
- As the images are enlarged, integrated microprocessors will be able to adjust the exposure and the colour mixture for standard images.
Why do we use this method? The VisioMed will detect and document even the slightest changes in any skin irregularities and are monitored over a period of time.
This method of detecting changes in moles is important when it comes to communiqué with patients as well as offering important information from a clinician’s point of view.
Mole Removal is necessary if the mole shows any changes or irregularities – remember that a stitch in time saves nine. Contact our skin clinic to find out more about our high-tech Mole Removal methods.