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Follow-up of dangerous moles and dermatoscopy

Is It Necessary To Follow The Moles?

Moles are skin changes formed by cells called melanocytes that give color to the skin. Numerous moles can be seen on the human body. Some of these moles are congenital, while others are formed after exposure to the sun. Moles can be brown, black, or rarely dark blue. Not every dark discoloration or bump is me. Your dermatologist will assist you in determining whether the change in the skin is mole or not. Although congenital moles have a higher risk, some of them may carry cancer risk. For this reason, it is extremely important to follow dangerous moles.

Is Removing Moles Harmful?

There is a mistaken belief among the people that moles will turn into evil when a knife touches them. However, on the contrary, dangerous moles carry the risk of transforming into a life-threatening skin cancer called melanoma if they are not surgically removed. Melanoma is a malignant and potentially fatal skin cancer that is rapidly increasing all over the world. For this reason, detection and surgical removal of dangerous moles can save a person’s life.

What are the Symptoms of Transformation into Cancer in Moles?

If unsymmetrical and irregularly circumscribed moles show sudden changes, the patient should consult a dermatologist immediately. Sudden changes can manifest as rapid growth, disfigurement and bleeding.

Who is at Risk?

The risk of developing moles to cancer is higher in people with multiple moles (more than 50), who had severe sunburns in childhood, who have a family history of melanoma, and people with light skin and colored eyes. People with these features should undergo dermatoscopic examination at regular intervals.

How to Detect Dangerous Moles?

Dermatoscopic examination is performed with a hand-held device called a dermatoscope, which enables the details of the inner structure of the mole to be magnified. After this examination, the moles that the dermatologist finds suspicious are surgically removed and sent to pathological examination. Other moles are continued to be checked with a dermatoscope at regular intervals.