Moles are very common skin flaws and blemishes. Some people consider moles as lucky charms which can bring them good fortune. Others see moles as a physical asset which they can be recognized by and they can be proud of. There are also times when people consider moles as unpleasant blemishes that should be eliminated. But there are some people who have moles which can be more serious than just simple aesthetic problems.
It is a known fact that skin discoloration is one of the most common symptoms of skin cancer. Sometimes, people who have had moles ever since they were born assume that because the mole is in-born, it will not be a cause for skin cancer. But this is not at all true. In fact, most people who have had moles their entire lives are more susceptible to acquiring skin cancer in the form of melanoma. This is because the already present occurrence of skin discoloration can be a major stepping stone towards a more serious skin disorder, which is cancer.
But how do you know when a mole is more than just a blemish? There are a lot of people who have moles and they seem to be doing well. The first thing to understand is that moles don’t develop into cancerous lesions without cause. They may have been excessively exposed to sunlight and the UV rays of the sun may have caused major genetic alterations to the mole. Most of the time, sun damage is really the cause of skin cancers, and it becomes much more powerful if it already has something to begin with, which is the mole.
In such case, there are some signs which can help you identify whether your mole is developing into something more frightening. One of these is persistent itching. An itchy mole is a sign of an irritated mole, and sometimes it can be just a simple reaction to an allergenic food like alcoholic beverages or chocolates. But there are also times when the itchy mole can be caused by a more serious factor. When a mole gets too exposed to sunlight, the UV rays can irritate it and make it itch. When this happens and continued exposure to sunlight takes place, the irritation of the mole also continuous, making it itchier and itchier every day. If this is the case, it can develop into a melanoma or cancerous lesions which will require surgical removal.
There are four methods in examining your mole. These are called the ABCD of skin cancer detection. “A” stands for asymmetry. Moles are commonly circular or oval in shape, with symmetrical forms. This means if you fold the shape in half, each half is equal to the other. If the mole does not have a symmetrical shape, this can mean that it’s a serious skin problem.
“B” stands for border. The border of a mole is usually smooth and the edges are like that of a clear circle. But if the mole has edges which are like flower petals in shape or are not smooth in appearance, this indicates that the mole is more than just a blemish.
“C” stands for color. Discoloration is a sign of a mole but if a single mole acquires more than one color or transforms from one color to another, then you should be alarmed.
“D” stands for diameter. The size of a mole is very small, but there are some moles which start growing bigger as time passes. If your mole started out very tiny and has now reached a diameter of 6 millimeters, this is a sign that it’s no longer an ordinary mole.
If itching along with the ABCD of skin cancer detection are present on your mole, make sure to see a medical professional right away.