Hi, i’m hill with north idaho dermatology. today we’re going to talk about moles. We’re going to talk about how sometimes they can be dangerous, how they form and what you can do about them. A lot of people do the ABC’s of moles. I think that’s a little complicated and a lot of times moles can not follow the ABC’s but yet be okay, so what I tell my patients is I want to see you or you need to see your healthcare provider if.
You have a new mole that doesn’t look like your other moles or if you have a change in your existing moles. And really what you’re looking for as far as a change in your in existing moles is a change in the shape. A change in the size of the mole, so any kind of growth, diameter, or height or a change in the color of the mole, you know specifically color changes like blue, black, pink can be concerning (aren’t always concerning). The other change I really.
Educate my patients that could be concerning is if a mole itches or bleeds longer than two weeks and you really don’t remember traumatizing it. You know even if you do remember traumatizing it, it really should heal within two weeks, so itching or bleeding that lasts longer than two weeks could be a concerning change and you should see your health care provider. Mole removal is very simple. Obviously we want to make sure that you tell.
Your healthcare provider about any allergies prior to the procedure. we use a local anaesthetic similar to what you’d have at the dentist and so that’s the only part you really feel you feel; you feel a poke and a burn when we numb up the mole. It’s over very quickly within seconds, we do many of them every day and it’s very safe. If you have a mole you’re concerned about, we’d be happy to take a look at it. on the link below and you can schedule an appointment online to see one of us.
DermTV The Easiest Way to Identify a Precancerous Mole DermTV Epi 361
Hello, I’m Neal Schultz pause And welcome to DermTV. DermTV, The Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology,.
The american cancer society, and many other leading authorities all stress the importance of self examinations as an aid to the early detection of cancer since the earlier you find it, the more apt it is to be completely curable. So this episode is going to be about a trick.
For doing better self skin cancer exams. Generally speaking, in most medical issues, symmetry is a reliable indicator that something isnt dangerous. So, in doing a self skin exam, if you find a mole or growth that is symmetric, then it is probably normal and not cancerous or precancerous.
And just to remind you, a growth is symmetrical if you can fold it down the middle and the two halves are identical. Just like when I fold this circle in half. Yet in all of medicine there is only one situation that I know of where symmetry actually is a bad sign.
And usually indicates that something is abnormal and in fact at very least, precancerous. That situation occurs when two moles occur symmetrically to each other on your body. So imagine a line drawn down the center of your body, which of course goes right through your belly button.
If you have two moles on your stomach, both about equal distance to the left and right of your bellybutton, then there is a very high probability that both of those moles are precancerous and each have a 20 to 25% life time probability of becoming melanomas. They should be shown to a dermatologist.
And probably be removed. The bottom line is that moles which are symmetric to each other with respect to the midline of your body are usually very dangerous, precancerous moles which if not removed have an unacceptably high probability of becoming deadly melanomas, a cancer that sadly claims the life of one American every hour.