Mole Evaluation and Removal
Learn More About Moles and Having Them Evaluated and Removed at Aurora
What are Moles?
Moles are raised spots on your skin that are normally darker than your skin tone. Most people have at least one mole, and most moles are nothing to worry about. However, mole changes or new moles can indicate melanoma – a kind of skin cancer.
There are three classifications of moles: congenital, atypical and acquired. Congenital moles are moles you are born with. Acquired moles are moles that appear on your skin sometime after you are born. And atypical moles are larger than average or irregularly shaped.
One type of mole – a dysplastic mole – is an indication that the person who has one is at greater risk of developing melanoma, which is the most aggressive type of skin cancer. A dysplastic mole appears atypical when it is compared with other moles on the body. This type of mole also tends to run in families.
Should I have my Mole Evaluated and/or Removed?
If you have any moles that concern you, or you have new moles or moles that have changed in shape, size or color, we recommend that you consult with a dermatologist right away. We also recommend annual skin checks so a doctor can evaluate your skin and look for any suspicious spots or changes.
If your doctor suspects skin cancer on or around a mole, you should definitely have it removed. There are five things doctors look for when evaluating moles – “ABCDE.”
- (A) Asymmetry – Does the mole appear similar on both sides (a circle or oval), or is it irregularly shaped?
- (B) Border – Is the border of the mole well defined and smooth or ill-defined and irregular?
- (C) Color – Is the mole one solid color, or does it have more than one color?
- (D) Diameter – Is the mole larger than a standard pencil eraser (larger than about 6 millimeters in diameter)?
- (E) Evolving – Has the mole always looked like this, or has it changed?
You also may want to have your mole removed for personal reasons. Maybe you think it’s too large or unattractive, or maybe it gets in the way (for example, a mole on your neck may catch threads from your collars).
Evaluation: What Happens After Mole Removal?
Once your dermatologist removes your mole, a biopsy likely will be performed to find out whether cancer is present. If your mole is cancerous, you will likely have further tests to determine whether the cancer has spread and whether further treatment is necessary.
Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care to Evaluate and Remove my Moles?
When it comes to caring for your skin, you want the best. And, at Aurora, we are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced skin care treatments available.
Because Aurora dermatologists work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, we can offer you so much more than simple dermatology care. At Aurora, you’ll get:
- Expertise: A team of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants care for you.
- Innovation: You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology.
- Network of physicians: Being part of the Aurora network gives you access to specialized care for all of your health care needs, which is especially important when dealing with the potential of skin cancer.
- Attention to you: At Aurora, you’re never just another patient. You’re an important part of your health care team. No matter which procedure or treatment you choose, your doctor will take time to discuss options with you and answer your questions before your treatment begins, giving you peace of mind.
Annual Skin Cancer Screening
Having an annual exam to check for skin changes and signs of cancer is not only important for people at high risk for skin cancer – it’s important for us all. At Aurora, we offer annual skin cancer checks, and we recommend that everyone also perform self-checks at least once a year.
How do I Schedule a Consultation with a Dermatologist?
To schedule a consultation or appointment with a dermatologist at Aurora, call one of the dermatology offices directly. View the list of Aurora dermatologists.