One of the most commonly found skin lesions is moles. Moles are typically not cancerous, but their appearance can raise concerns for your health. If you are unsure whether a mole on your skin may be harmful, our medical professionals will be able to inform you of any possible danger and provide you with an appropriate option for removal.
With several locations, RidgeView Dermatology proudly serves the communities in Roanoke Valley, Central, and Southwest, Virginia. Our medical personnel comprises experienced, understanding, and supportive dermatologists. We strive to work towards your individual needs and keep you informed of any and all concerns regarding your health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you!
What are moles?
Usually brown or black in color, moles are skin growths that can be found anywhere on the body. They often develop during the first 25 years of one’s life. Over time, moles can raise and change in color. It’s not uncommon for hairs to sprout from the mole, as well. Sometimes, moles can fade on their own. However, if you are in search of removing a mole without chancing time to erase it, explore our surgical solutions and consult with our staff to determine which option may be right for you.
How do I know if a mole is cancerous?
Considering these factors can help you better determine if a mole may present a concern for your health:
- The appearance of the mole has noticeably changed
- The edges of the mole are blurred or jagged
- The mole is asymmetrical
- The size of the mole is bigger than a pencil eraser
- The color of the mole is inconsistent from one end to another
- The mole has different shades of brown, black, tan, red, blue, or white
Upon examination, our medical professionals will help you determine if further action may be needed for a removal. If the appearance of a mole is concerning you, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.
How are moles treated?
If a member of our medical staff is convinced that a mole needs further examination, a biopsy will be performed where the mole will be looked at closer. If the mole is found benign, removal won’t be necessary but is optional if the mole is causing you discomfort. Should the mole be found as a health concern, our medical professionals will keep you informed of the necessary actions to take to ensure your well-being. For both instances, RidgeView Dermatology offers several surgical solutions for mole removal.
If the appearance of a mole is alarming you, we can help provide you the knowledge and assurance you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at a location near you!