Moles are a common type of skin growth. They often appear as small, dark brown spots and are caused by clusters of pigmented cells. Moles generally appear during childhood and adolescence, but new moles can appear at any age, some of which may change in appearance or fade away over time.
Most moles are harmless and rarely cancerous. However, it’s important to know the ABCDEs listed below to detect Melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer where melanocytes (pigment cells) grow out of normal. Monitoring moles and other skin growths is an important step in detecting skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma. Below board-certified dermatologist Dr. Swetha Kandula differentiates between potentially cancerous moles and benign moles and discusses treatment options.
Spotting cancerous moles
Early identification is the key to early treatment. Keep an eye out for these signs and symptoms to identify potential cancerous moles. Being able to spot potentially cancerous moles during skin checks could save your life. To learn more about the skin checks read our Skin Check page.
- Asymmetrical Shape
Treating cosmetic moles
As mentioned above, most moles are completely harmless, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a source of embarrassment. Unfortunately, moles can occur on any area of the body, including those areas that are most exposed, such as the face, neck and hands. Some moles may be small and even considered to be a ‘beauty mark’, while others can be larger and distracting. Fortunately, there are treatments to reduce the appearance of moles or completely remove them. Dr. Swetha Kandula is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist who specializes the removal of cancerous and benign moles.
Schedule a consultation
Dr. Swetha Kandula is a board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist. Dr. Kandula and the entire team at Dermatology and Skincare Arts provide the leading dermatology treatments available. If you’re concerned about the potential of a cancerous moles schedule a consultation with Dr. Kandula. If you’re concerned about unsightly moles Dr. Kandula offers minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. During the consultation Dr. Kandula will discuss treatment options and their effectiveness. Dermatology and Skincare Arts is conveniently located in Parsippany-Troy Hills and serves patients throughout New Jersey.