Atypical Moles

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Atypical moles are usually benign moles that resemble melanoma. Dr. Edward Hill tell us more about these types of moles and what to do about them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Atypical moles are skin growths that are not cancerous. They are usually bigger than 6 millimeters wide, or about the size of a pencil eraser. They have an asymmetric shape and an uneven or jagged border.

Atypical moles are usually more than two different shades of brown and are not the same color throughout. They can sometimes look like a type of skin cancer called melanoma, but they are not melanoma.

Atypical moles can sometimes raise your risk of getting melanoma. The risk is higher in people who have a lot of atypical moles.

Have your doctor examine your mole. He or she may remove the mole or have it checked for melanoma. Most atypical moles do not need to be removed.

Watch your skin for new moles or any changes in your current moles. If you have a mole that bleeds or itches, tell your doctor right away. Also tell your doctor if your mole changes in size, shape, or color.

Your doctor should examine your skin at least once a year.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.