Moles can be appear anywhere on the body where there is skin and can even be on the scalp, between fingers and toes, on the soles of feet and under the nails.
Moles are common. It is normal for people to have a few moles on their skin. However, it is important to be aware that melanoma, a type of skin cancer, can start growing from a mole. Skin checks are recommended to monitor any potential signs of skin cancer.
A Melanoma Fits The “ABCDE Characteristics”:
Moles do not need to be medically removed unless they are concerning for melanoma. Such moles can be removed and then tested at a laboratory to see if there are signs of melanoma in the mole. This process is called a skin biopsy. This can be easily done in the office with an injection to numb the area. Depending on the size of the mole and where it is located, stitches may be needed.
Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Moles.
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