What is a Mole?
A skin mole is a pigmented spot, usually in the shape of a circle or oval that is found on your skin. Most moles are brown in color but can be black, blue, yellow or flesh-colored. Moles are very common and are known to develop on your skin until about the age of twenty. Often times, these moles will cause no problems and some will even disappear as you get older. However, there are some moles that change over time and can cause some very serious health problems including malignant melanoma, more commonly called skin cancer. If not detected early enough and treated these cancerous moles can prove to be fatal.
How to Detect a Bad Mole
The big question to ask now is how to detect a cancerous mole? First, it is very important that you perform routine checks of your skin and note if there are any sudden changes to your mole. These changes could be a change in color, size or shape. Other signs of a possible problem with a skin mole is when they become itchy, painful or burning or if the mole begins to ooze or bleed. If the mole is raised on the skin and becomes more elevated this could be a sign of a cancerous mole. Also, if you are over the age of twenty and you have a new mole develop on your skin this can be a sign of a problematic mole.
If you are experiencing any of the above signs or if you have other concerns about your skin mole, you should immediately make an appointment with your doctor. The earlier you can detect a malign mole, the better chance you have of being able to treat it. With this in mind, always lean toward the side of caution and if you think there could be a problem with your skin mole go and see your doctor.
Protect Yourself Against Moles
The most effective way to treat a malign mole is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. There are many steps that you can take to protect yourself from the chance of having your mole turn cancerous. The sun’s rays are known to be a big factor in causing moles to turn to cancer, so the most important preventive step you can take is to limit your exposure to the sun. You can do this by avoiding being in the direct sunlight, especially during the time period of 10am to 2pm because this is the time when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
If you must go out in the sun, you should always use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 over every part of your skin that is exposed to the sun. You should also cover your skin as much as possible by wearing hats, shoes and appropriate covering like a coat or jacket.