Moles

Moles Specialist
Most moles and growths aren’t dangerous, but you can’t be sure without an expert medical opinion. Dr. Audrey Bruell will make a full body skin assessment along with a diagnosis and treatment options for your bothersome moles or growths. If you have concerns over any skin condition contact Audrey Bruell, MD, located in Livonia, Michigan, to make an appointment.

Moles and Growths Q & A

by Audrey Bruell, M.D.

What is a mole?

Moles are common growths that may appear anywhere on the skin. They're usually black or brown in color and can vary in size. Most moles appear during childhood or in the first 25 years of life. The average person has 10-40 moles.


Is it normal for moles to change?

Moles may change slowly over time. They may become raised, or the color may change. Some moles may remain the same, while others may disappear.


What other types of growths can appear?

Some of the other common skin lesions that often appear are:

  • Skin tags: Flesh-colored growths protruding in areas prone to friction
  • Cherry angiomas: Vascular growths appearing as small red lesions
  • Liver spots: Dark patches of skin appearing more frequently with age
  • Seborrheic keratoses: Scaly, brown plaques stuck to the surface of the skin


How does Dr. Bruell diagnose moles and other growths?

In many cases, Dr. Bruell will be able to diagnose moles and other growths simply by examining them in the office. She will use the ABCDE method to check for cancer.

Asymmetric: Non-symmetrical growths creating suspicion

Border: Growth borders that are uneven, and notched

Color: Colorful growths create concern

Diameter: Growths getting larger, or larger than a pencil eraser

Evolving: Growths changing in size, shape, color, bleeding, itching

If Dr. Bruell thinks a growth is suspicious, she will order a biopsy to verify her diagnosis.


What treatments are available?

Some growths may not require any treatment unless they’re bothersome or a cosmetic issue. In such cases, Dr. Bruell can treat the problem areas using laser therapy, creams, or surgical treatment. If there are signs of cancer, Dr. Bruell may have to remove it and some extra tissue around the lesion to ensure that it doesn’t return.


When should a patient make an appointment for a mole or skin growth?

Anyone noticing a new or changing growth on their skin should make an appointment with Dr. Bruell. If you’ve had previous experience with skin cancer, you should see Dr. Bruell at least once a year for a complete skin check. Whether you have a mole that’s changed or just an unpleasant growth, Dr. Bruell can help with all your skin concerns.

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