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