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What does a cancerous mole look like?

Most everyone has at least one mole present on the skin on their body. They can develop anywhere, and some patients may have several. While moles themselves are not a concern, changes to them may be indicative of a serious issue: skin cancer. The doctors at Keys Dermatology in Islamorada and Key West, Florida encourage patients to pay close attention to the moles on their skin, as serious skin cancer such as melanoma can develop from them.

What should I look for in a cancerous mole?

The American Academy of Dermatology has developed an easy guide to help patients assess certain moles on the skin to determine if changes indicate a presence of cancer. Patients should consider the “ABCDE’s of skin cancer”: Asymmetry, border, color, diameter, evolution. If an individual notices any of these changes to a current mole, it is highly recommended that they book an evaluation with a dermatologist to undergo a skin cancer screening and possibly a biopsy.

I have a lot of moles, am I at a higher risk of developing skin cancer?

Individuals who have over 50 moles on their body are actually at a great risk of developing skin cancer during their lifetime. They may want to pay very close attention to these moles and visit the dermatologist on a regular basis for screenings and mole mapping. By catching skin cancer early, many patients can have the cancer removed and keep the cancer from spreading elsewhere. Early detection is critical!

What happens if I receive a cancer diagnosis?

Receiving a diagnosis of any type of cancer, but in many cases, skin cancer can be removed with the help of a professional and may not always need chemotherapy or radiation. When a patient is told they have skin cancer, the doctor will help them weigh their treatment options so they can make an educated decision regarding the best treatment for their unique situation.

Are you worried about changes to a mole on your skin?

It is critical that you schedule an evaluation at Keys Dermatology in Key West and Islamorada, FL with our doctors. Call (305) 296-3334 to request an appointment at either office location to undergo a skin cancer screening with our experienced and dedicated professionals.

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