Moles are benign skin formations consisting of pigment cells. They are usually up to 1 cm in size, with regular shape and uniform colour. Everyone has on their skin moles whose number is genetically determined. They begin to become visible in early childhood, but they become more noticeable during puberty. Moles can also occur after hormonal changes such as pregnancy and prolonged sun exposure.
Consultation with a dermatologist is needed ALWAYS when:
1. The existing mole changes its:
2. Appearance of a new mole which changes with time
3. if you have one or more relatives with skin cancer in your family
4. if you have light skin with blond and reddish hair
5. if you work outdoors and are exposed for a long time on direct sunlight without protective clothing
6. if you are visiting beaches all year round
when is it necessary to consult a dermatologist?
The most modern and reliable method for studying moles is called dermatoscopy. This is a non-invasive medical treatment where a dermatologist, using a device called a dermatoscope, examines the suspicious mole and assesses the need for subsequent periodic monitoring or immediate removal. This precise analysis is impossible when viewed with the naked eye.
After a dermatoscopic examination of the moles, the dermatologist may recommend surgical removal, in which case it is REQUIRED to be examined in a histological laboratory. Early surgical removal of suspect moles can be life-saving and does not present a risk of malignant alteration of the removed or other moles on the body.
Removing moles by a non-specialist by burning with acid, lasers, herbs, or any other method without a HISTOLOGICAL study of the mole in a laboratory is extremely risky and should be avoided.