Moles

 

Moles are a cluster of melanocytes in your skin that produce the pigment melanin.  They can be flat or raised; various colors including tan, pink or brown; and round or oval in shape.  Some moles can become atypical and when these cells become cancerous, melanoma develops.

Some warning signs of melanoma include:

  • Asymmetry being disproportionate in size.
  • Border uneven borders around the mole.
  • Color having different colors within a mole (red, blue or black).
  • Diameter greater than 6mm or the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Evolving changing in size, shape, color, elevation; or becoming itchy, bleeding, or painful.