You’re probably pretty familiar with the 10 or more moles that exist on your body, their locations, and their features. At Texas Skin Cancer Center in Kingwood, Pearland, and Houston, Texas, skin cancer specialist Joseph Sedrak, MD, provides testing for abnormal moles and moles that seem to change over time. To learn more about abnormal moles and testing, book an appointment by phone or online today.
Moles are a normal and usually harmless type of skin growth. In many cases, moles are completely benign and noncancerous. They appear as brown dots ranging in size, and you likely have at least 10 of them on your body.
Even though most moles are harmless, it’s important to keep track of the moles on your body and their features. New moles or changes to existing moles could indicate skin cancer, and you should report new or changing moles to Dr. Sedrak just in case.
Normal mole features include shades of brown, tan, or pink and circular or oval shapes. Some moles are flush against your skin while others are elevated a bit. They can appear anywhere on your body, including your scalp, arms, legs, and the spaces between your fingers and toes.
Abnormal moles could indicate skin cancer, so it’s important to be familiar with the unusual features and warning signs. Dr. Sedrak encourages patients to use the “ABCDE” acronym to evaluate new or changing moles at home. Your mole might be abnormal if you notice:
Since skin cancer varies greatly in appearance, you should show Dr. Sedrak any mole that you think looks unusual, abnormal, or suspicious. Early diagnosis is often the key to successful skin cancer treatment, so it’s safer to report a strange mole than to ignore it.
If you have an abnormal mole, you should book an appointment at Texas Skin Cancer Center for an evaluation. Dr. Sedrak examines your mole and asks about any changes you’ve noticed to it. He also asks if the mole itches, feels irritated, or bleeds easily since these symptoms could indicate that a mole isn’t normal.
Dr. Sedrak performs biopsies on moles that seem abnormal to find out whether or not they contain cancerous cells. During a biopsy, he removes a tissue sample from the mole and takes it to the in-house lab for same-day testing. If the mole is cancerous, he works with you to develop a custom skin cancer treatment plan.
Treatments available for skin cancer at Texas Skin Cancer Center include traditional excision, Mohs surgery, chemotherapy, targeted drug therapy, radiation therapy, and curettage and electrodesiccation. Your treatment depends on your type and stage of skin cancer.
If you have a seemingly abnormal mole that you’d like to test, call Texas Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.