Skin cancer doesn't always cause dramatic changes. In fact, a subtle difference in a mole may be the only sign that you have cancer. Fortunately, your West Seneca, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Mazin Dhafir, can evaluate your mole and offer treatments if you should happen to have skin cancer.
What are the symptoms of skin cancer in moles?
Changes in moles can occur if you have melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Warning signs include:
- Change in Mole Color: A change in the color of your mole warrants a call to your West Seneca skin doctor. Make an appointment if all or part of your mole turns red, black, or any other color.
- Border Changes: The edges of moles can become blurred, rough, or irregular if you have skin cancer.
- New Mole: Moles usually don't appear in adulthood. A new mole could be a sign of cancer.
- Size: Moles larger than a pencil eraser are more likely to become cancerous than smaller moles.
- Texture Differences: Melanoma may cause your mole to become bumpy, dry, itchy, or flaky.
- Shape Irregularities: Have your mole changed shape or become taller?
- Symmetry: Both sides of the mole should match. If one side is bigger or looks different than the other, let your dermatologist know.
- Bleeding or Pain: Painful, bleeding or oozing moles should be evaluated promptly.
- Inflammation: Redness or tenderness in the skin around a mole can also be a sign of skin cancer.
What should I do if I have any of these signs or symptoms?
Call your West Seneca dermatologist if you've noticed changes in any of your moles. Keep in mind that a change in a mole doesn't automatically mean that it's cancerous.
If your skin doctor is concerned about your mole, he'll remove it and send it to a laboratory for testing. Your dermatologist will discuss surgery and other treatment options with you if you are diagnosed with melanoma. Mohs micrographic surgery, an innovative surgical technique that reduces scarring by removing skin one layer at a time, may be an option for some people with melanoma.
Have you noticed any changes in your moles? Call your West Seneca, NY, dermatologist, Dr. Mazin Dhafir, at (716) 674-1180 to schedule an appointment.