Keep an Eye on Your Moles

Only your physician has the training, experience and tools to properly diagnose the presence of cancerous skin cells. Laser and Mohs Dermatology of New York recommends that you visit our office every year for a professional evaluation of your skin. However, in between these annual visits it is also recommended that you carefully monitor your own skin for any irregularities or changes in your skin.

Skin cancer is incredibly common among American patients. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. The good news is that most forms of skin cancer, when caught early, are treatable.Look for the following types of blemishes and irregularities when evaluating your moles for concerning characteristics:

  • Identify all moles and dark freckles on your body. Don’t forget to check your scalp and underneath your nails and feet.

  • If any of these dark spots are itching or bleeding, this could be cause for concern.

  • Pay close attention to any clear or white skin lesions that bubble like blisters and do not completely clear or that recur over time.

  • Dark spots underneath your finger or toenails, not caused by trauma to the area, are concerning.

  • Scaly red skin patches that have not been diagnosed as another dermatological condition.

When looking at your moles it is important to look for any changes in symmetry, irregular borders or colors, or changes in size. If you notice any of these characteristics in your skin or moles, contact your dermatologist immediately for a full evaluation.

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