Do you have an abnormal mole? Or a growth on your skin you are not sure about? Skin moles are common, almost everyone has them. With so many shapes, sizes, and colors, it’s hard to know whether moles are normal.
General Surgeon, Ian Kendrick, MD FACS explains what to look for:
What are the most common types of skin moles?
There are three types of skin moles. Congenital moles are moles you are born with. Common moles appear on the skin after birth. Most people have 10 to 40 of these on their bodies. Atypical moles often have an odd shape, are larger than a pencil eraser, and show more than one color.
What one piece of advice would you share with patients?
Know what your moles look like. You can spot changes more easily if you know where your moles are and what they look like. Moles should appear symmetrical and round with clearly defined borders. They may be flat or raised but should be smaller than a pencil eraser. Moles should also be the same color throughout.
What if I have a mole I am worried about?
I can remove moles during a regular doctor’s appointment in the clinic. As a general surgeon, I’ve trained in surgical techniques to minimize scaring. Insurance usually covers mole removal, unless you’re simply having it removed for cosmetic reasons. I can also send the sample to a lab to be checked for melanoma or skin cancer, if needed.
Turn to the skilled hands of general surgeon Ian Kendrick, MD FACS to remove your mole or growth. Visit www.EvanstonAnytime.com or ask today about scheduling a consultation about that mole or growth you don’t like.