A change in a mole could be a sign of skin cancer. If you notice these changes in any of your moles, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Melbourne, FL, dermatologists Dr. Ruben Moreno, Dr. Frank Lee or Dr. Betsy Cooduvalli. Florida Dermatology Associates has offices in Cocoa Beach, Palm Beach, Suntree, Titusville, and Port St. John.
A growing or large mole
A change in the size of a mole could be a sign of skin cancer. If you've noticed that one of your moles has gotten bigger, let your Melbourne, FL, dermatologist know as soon as possible. Moles that are larger than a pencil eraser should also be examined. During your appointment, your skin doctor will remove the mole and send it to a laboratory for analysis.
Changing colors could also be a sign of cancer. Your entire mole may look darker or could turn red, blue, black, or white. Sometimes, color changes only affect part of the mole.
These changes in the appearance of a mole could also mean that you have skin cancer:
- Irregular or blurred edges
- A mole that's not perfectly round
- Bumpy surface
- Asymmetry (one side of the mole may be bigger or have a different shape than the other)
- Pain or bleeding
- Oozing, crusty or flaky moles
- Swelling or redness around the mole
- The appearance of a new mole when you're an adult
Treatment for cancerous moles
A change in a mole doesn't necessarily mean that you have skin cancer. In fact, the changes could be perfectly harmless. If your mole is cancerous, you'll need to have surgery to make sure that all of the skin cancer cells are removed. Moh's surgery, a type of less invasive skin cancer surgery, may be used to reduce scarring and preserve healthy skin. Chemotherapy or radiation may also be needed.
Are you worried about a mole? Your Melbourne, FL, area skin doctors, Dr. Moreno, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Cooduvalli of Florida Dermatology Associates can determine if the changes are caused by skin cancer. Call (321) 768-1600 to make an appointment at the Cocoa, Titusville, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach office, or (321) 264-6266 to schedule a visit at the Port St. John office.