Moles are extremely common growths on the skin that can be tan, brown, or skin-colored. They can be raised on the skin, or flat. Most moles are benign but a change in size, shape or color should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
The American Academy of Dermatology’s “ABCDE” guide can assess whether a mole could be cancerous:
- Asymmetry: One half of the area is different from the other area
- Borders: The edges of the growth are irregular
- Color: Color changes from one area to another with shades of tan, brown, black, white, red, or blue
- Diameter: Greater than 6 mm in diameter, about the size of a pencil eraser
- Evolution: The mole is continually changing appearance
Our providers evaluate individual moles in adults and children, and provide full-body skin exams.