While most adults have between 10 and 40 common moles, those with more than 50 common moles have a greater chance than others of developing a dangerous type of skin cancer known as melanoma. Most moles do not become cancerous; however, if the color, size, shape, or height of a mole changes, or if it starts to itch, bleed, or ooze, the dermatologist should be consulted. It is considered a good idea for those with suspicious-looking moles to have their moles mapped. This involves having the dermatologist examine the patient’s skin from head to toe and chart the location, appearance, and size of each mole, making it easier to spot changes that can be early signs of skin cancer.
Melanoma is a serious form of cancer that can spread quickly but is curable if caught early. Melanoma is usually found on women’s legs. In men, it’s more common on the torso. To schedule a consultation, please callELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. All diseases of the skin, hair, and nails – from warts to skin cancer – are addressed in our clinic with close attention to detail. We are located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7.
Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist
P.S. A “dysplastic” nevus (an unusual, large, flat, asymmetric mole) is not necessarily cancerous, but is more likely to be so than a common mole.