What are moles?

Moles are brown, tan or black growths that can appear anywhere on the skin. Most appear before age 30 and change slowly, if at all, over time.

When are moles concerning?

If you have noticed a mole that is changing, itching or bleeding, especially if it looks different than other moles, call our office today. We will make every effort to get you in as soon as possible for a complete mole check. Biopsy of any worrisome moles can usually be done at the time of the visit.

Or, if you have a lot of moles, have had an atypical mole in the past or a family history of melanoma, you are a candidate for a yearly skin exam.

Melanoma is a potentially dangerous form of skin cancer that appears like a new or changing mole. Be aware of the ABCDE’s of melanoma. If you have a mole that meets any of those criteria, call us today for an urgent appointment.

 

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What are skin tags and keratosis?

Skin tags are benign growths that typically develop in skin folds or where skin is irritated by clothing. They are not of medical concern, but can be removed for cosmetic indications. There are several treatment options that are easy and do not leave a mark.

Keratoses are benign, warty tan or brown growths that start to occur in the 40’s or 50’s . With age, more of these will develop. They do not need to be removed but can be taken off if they are irritated or cosmetically unsightly