Due to the similarities between some types of cancerous growths and moles, you may feel uncertain about how to tell the difference. Most of us have a dozen moles or more scattered across our skin. As we go through life, we may notice that the number of moles on our body increases. The development of new moles is actually the development of sun damage and, yes, there is a risk that any new growth may contain cancerous cells. Dr. Roger Koreen serves his patients with comprehensive screening for skin cancer and information on mole treatment in Huntington for the removal of pre-cancerous or cancerous growths.
Types of moles
Recognizing the characteristics of moles leads to better management of skin health. A true mole, called a congenital mole, is present at birth. Only about 1 percent of the population has this type of mole. Most of the moles that we see are those that developed throughout our childhood as we spent time under the sun. These spots are the result of the buildup of melanin in a localized area. Melanin is the colored pigment that is produced by melanocytes after UV exposure. The moles that we acquire through the sun are usually normal and smaller than a quarter of an inch.
The moles that are most concerning are those with atypical characteristics. These growths are larger than a quarter of an inch and may have irregular borders, multiple colors, or may be asymmetrical in shape. Moles with such characteristics, or others that seem concerning, should be addressed by your trusted dermatologist.
Dr. Koreen has treated thousands of patients over a career spanning more than two decades. In this time, he has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of various types of skin cancer. At the Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center, patients of all ages can receive a comprehensive skin cancer screening every year as well as follow-up screenings as needed if a new growth appears or an existing mole changes in shape, size, color, or other characteristics.
Skin cancer can be a frightening condition to face. Treatments for atypical moles, however, have been very successful in the removal of cancerous cells. Schedule your skin cancer screening in Huntington, NY today. Call (631) 417-3300.