Here at Ocala Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, P.A our dermatology team is focused on skin disease and growths. We perform regular skin exams, biopsies, and removal of precancerous and cancerous growth. We also perform a variety of other cosmetic procedures.
When it comes to moles, these brown or black growths can appear anywhere on the body. They happen when cells responsible for skin pigmentation (melanocytes) grow in clusters instead of spreading out on the skin. While they are common, it is important to regularly scan your skin (once a month at least) to look for any changes to existing moles. Some moles will darken or lighten. These are expected, and not usually a sign of skin cancer.
However other changes may be a sign of melanoma and if caught in an early stage, is highly treatable. If a mole is itching, growing, bleeding or changing a lot, immediately take the time to make an appointment with one of our professional dermatologists.
Here are some signs that you should visit a dermatologist from Ocala Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center as soon as possible:
- The mole has a jagged border or has several different colors
- The mole is bleeding or irritated in any way.
- If you have many moles
- If the mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil. Having a giant mole increases your risk of developing melanoma or other health issues.
These rules apply to babies and children too. While these are not all of the scenarios when you should see a dermatologist, this is a small checklist to follow when considering whether or not you need to seek medical help from a dermatologist. Have your children checked regularly too because skin cancer can occur at any time with any amount of sun exposure.