Mole Skin Cancer Picture
Mole Skin Cancer
Some moles may develop into a form of skin cancer known as malignant
melanoma. Sunburns may increase the risk of melanoma. Moles that appear at birth are
called congenital nevi. When such a mole is more than eight inches in diameter, it poses
the greatest risk of skin cancer. Moles known as atypical moles/dysplastic moles are
larger than average - usually larger than a pencil sharpener- and irregular in shape. They
tend to have uneven colour. These moles tend to be hereditary. Persons with atypical moles
may have a greater than average chance of developing malignant melanoma. Moles should
always be checked regularly for any changes.
Use the ABCD rule to help you remember what to look for
when inspecting your moles.
- Asymmetry: when one half of the mole does not match the
- Border irregularity: when the edges are ragged or
- Colour: when the colour is not the same all over.
- Diameter: when the mole is greater than one quarter of an
inch in size.
If you notice any changes while examining your moles (using the ABCD rule) then you
should consult your doctor immediately! Remember! The majority of moles and other
blemishes are noncancerous (benign). Occasionally though a mole may be a cancerous growth.
Therefore it is best to get medical advice if a mole changes in size, shape, or colour, or
any other blemish is out of the ordinary. After a person reaches middle age, other dark
areas may appear that are not moles. These brown, wart-like growths that appear on the
face or trunk and look as if they have been stuck to the skin may be seborrheic keratoses.
Multiple small grey brownspots that may appear on the wrists, back of hands, forearms and
face could be actinic lentigines. These are also called liver spots or age spots.
Seborrheic keratoses and actinic lentigines are very easily diagnosed by a doctor and are