How to know if a mole is malignant? How to know if a mole is malignant?

How to know if a mole is malignant?

Prevention 6 December, 2017 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Everyone has moles, which occur when the pigment-producing cells of the skin -called melanocytes- grow in groups.

The Colombian Association of Dermatology and Dermatological Surgery explains that among other abnormalities, atypical moles itch, are a different color than normal (pink, tan or brown) and show inflammation.

This association explains that a person should be concerned when:

  • There is no asymmetry between the two halves of the mole.
  • It has an irregular edge.
  • There are two or more colors.
  • It is greater than 6 millimeters in diameter. To give an idea, this is the approximate size of how thick a pencil is.
  • The mole changes in size, color and shape over time.

While not all are, atypical moles can be cancerous and can turn into a melanoma, so if any appear on the body it is recommended to consult with a professional.

These types of moles can be removed, but this will depend on the doctor’s perception.

Keep in mind

The recommendation is to protect the skin from the sun. Avoid exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

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