Mole-Handout

Mole-Handout

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OZARK DERMATOLOGY CLINIC

*Kevin L. St. Clair, M.D.       *Christopher P. Schach, M.D.            *Eric J. Stewart, M.D.

*Robert D. Brown, M.D.        *Robert E. Stevens, PA-C      *Joshua Matthews, PA-C

4375 N. Vantage Drive, Suite 305, Fayetteville, AR 72703

(479) 443-5100           (800)316-9019

FAX: (479) 443-5117

 

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MOLES

A mole is a benign growth of pigment cells which normally reside in our skin.  The average number of moles a person has is 25.  Of course

 

APPEARANCE

Moles can appear anywhere on the skin and vary in size from a pinhead to several inches.  They can be flush to the skin or raised and usually are of a brown color depending on the amount of pigment present.  Moles can appear in groups or by themselves.  They may be round

 

GROWTH CYCLE

The natural evolution of a mole can cover about 50 years.   Moles usually begin as a flat brown or black spot on the skin.  With time

 

OTHER PIGMENTED LESIONS

Other darkened areas on your skin that look like moles could be lentigines.  These are small flat spots that are variably brown in color.

 

In some cases

 

Another pigmented area that is often mistaken for a mole is a Seborrheic keratosis.  They are usually brown wart-like growths that appear on the face or trunk.  They are not known to become cancerous.

 

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HEALTH THREATENING MOLES

The vast majority of moles and other blemishes are benign; in other words

  1. Any spot that bleeds
  2. Some moles present form birth have an increased chance of becoming cancerous and should be considered for removal.
  3. Moles that are chronically irritated
  4. An increase in sun exposure

 

MOLE REMOVAL

After the patient and dermatologist have decided a mole should be removed

 

In all cases

 

A dermatologist has to be specially trained to look at a mole and determine if it is a possible health threat.  However

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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