Most people have at least one or two moles on their bodies, particularly those who have fair skin. Moles can vary in shape, size, texture, and color. Any of these features can change over time. While most moles are harmless, others can be a sign of an underlying issue, such as skin cancer. Dr. Mazin Dhafir is a dermatologist in West Seneca, NY he provides full dermatological services including evaluations of moles.
What is a Mole?
Moles, also known as nevi. Are small bundles of melanin-producing skin cells. This is what gives them their dark color. Although medical experts are not certain why moles form, it is believed that genetics is a key factor.
When you Should See a Dermatologist
You should have a consultation with Dr. Dhafir is you notice that one of your moles has recently undergone any of the following:
- Changes in size, shape, or color
- Changes in texture
- Changes in the shape of the border of the mile
- Crusting on the surface
You should seek medical advice as soon as you notice any of these changes. A crucial factor in the success of treatment for skin cancer is early diagnosis.
What is a Mole Evaluation?
West Seneca residents who visit Dr. Dhafir for a mole evaluation will have a skin biopsy if the doctor thinks your mole may be malignant. The biopsy involves the removal of a small tissue sample from the mole, which is sent to the lab to be examined under a microscope. If the mole is malignant it will be completely removed.
If you live in West Seneca and you are looking for a dermatologist or you would like to find out more about mole evaluation, call Dr. Dhafir at (716) 674-1180 to schedule an appointment.