Moles, sometimes called freckles or birthmarks, are usually harmless and considered an aesthetic issue. Many people consider their moles as part of their signature look, such as Cindy Crawford’s iconic birthmark near her mouth. However, not all marks are the same. Some can bloom into precancerous lesions and threaten the surrounding tissues. If left unchecked, skin cancer can spread around the body. Benign moles can also be removed for aesthetic reasons. If you are considering mole removal, here are some factors to think about.
Your Family History of Cancer
While anyone can get cancer, those with a history of skin cancer in their family need to be even more careful than the general population. Any mark on your skin should be carefully documented and watched for changes. If you notice a mole looks different, make an appointment immediately to have it assessed. It’s also a good idea to have all of your skin inspected yearly, as you may have skin changes in areas of your body you cannot see such as on your back, down the backs of your legs or on the buttocks. Don’t allow embarrassment or shyness to get in the way of your health screenings.
Some lifestyle choices increase the chance of skin cancer. Overexposure to the sun increases the risk of precancerous and cancerous cells forming. Activities like hiking, biking, and running outdoors are all healthy, and you shouldn’t give them up. However, when you do them, wear an appropriate sunscreen and have your skin checked regularly for concerning changes. If you will be exposed to bright sunlight for an extended time, wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Long-sleeved clothing can also help lower the risk of sun damage and skin issues caused by overexposure.
The Opinion of the Professional
Sometimes, the question of waiting and seeing what develops or undergoing mole removal depends on the opinion of the professional. Moles can grow larger or merge with a nearby mole and be perfectly healthy. At other times, an uneven border or changes in color can be a cause for alarm and action. If you aren’t absolutely sure if a mole is normal, schedule an appointment to have it screened.
If you are considering mole removal, schedule a no-pressure consultation at Reno Sparks Med Spa in Reno, NV. We will conduct an exam and advise you of all the available options to keep your skin healthy. Contact us today to book your appointment!