Let me introduce the Mole to you
In fact may be you already know each other. Everyone has at least one mole. Sometimes at much hidden body part, sometimes the mole is standing with all magnificence at the face of its owner. No matter we like or hate our mole we have to get used to it because often the mole could be our companion through our whole life.
But what exactly is the mole?
The moles and medicine
The science says that moles are overgrowths of the skin’s pigment cells called melanocytes. Usually the moles are round spots on the skin colored in medium to dark brown. The greater part of moles is flat with constant color and regular in shape. A number of moles are raised with lighter colors. The people often had mistaken the new moles with the freckles. Sporadically the moles may develop a white halo around them.
The moles and the history
In the history of the humanity very often the moles has been considered as a sign of good or bad luck. In the Far East used the moles to make something like a horoscope. In Middle Ages in Europe the moles was used to discern the witches and a lot of innocent people perished on the stake because of their moles. Otherwise during the Renaissance the moles were in esteem with the French court. Then there were even artificial moles that could be agglutinating at the face. In the past years we are could see that the little moles has been considered even as a beauty mark. May be the first person with this sign of beauty is Marilyn Monroe.
The moles and the real people
For regret the real people seldom has only “beauty marks”. In fact in our present society the moles are often seen as a hindrance for their owner. There are a lot of people who feel depressed by their moles, especially if we are talking about the facial moles. If such a mole has strong influence upon the overall appearance and the general condition of the person may be it will be better for him or her to remove it. Our organization develops a list which will help you to find if it is necessary to remove your moles?
How to use this moles information recourse?
Our goal is to provide quality and comprehensible information concerning moles. With this aim the information is divided in two main sections: the first one includes the type of moles and the placement of the moles on the skin of our bodies and the second one reviews the ways to get rid of your moles and of course the risk of melanoma that is connected with some types of moles.
Because it is very important to know well your moles our team develops a specific identification guide that will help you to organize and summarize the information in order to detect any early signals for skin cancer.
Moles Removal: Is it really necessary?
Almost every person has at least one mole. There is no a research about this but if you ask them a lot of people will answer you that they would like to remove one or more of their moles. Why? Why remove them? In fact there are many different reasons for mole removal. The typical ones are:
Irritation of the skin or just annoyance: If the mole is locates in an area that causes irritation such as the underwear seams, the bra line or belt line and so on. For the men a raised facial mole could be very uncomfortable during the shaving.
Cosmetic reasons: the people very often believe that their mole hinders their beauty or even have influence upon their overall appearance. People with facial moles or somewhere highly visible frequently prefer to remove these moles.
Prevention: Removing any type of mole in order the prevention of melanoma (Skin Cancer). These concerns the atypical moles that sometimes could transform into cancerous moles. To find out whether some of your moles could be considered as atypical you have to be examined by dermatologist and regularly to make a self exam of your moles.
The changes in the mole have to be brought to the attention of your dermatologist. It is normal the mole to grow with us and to change through the years but any unusual change in the color, fast growth, bleeding or oozing, inching or pain could indicate that the mole is turning into a melanoma.
The best way for the successful treatment of skin cancer is its early detection. The dermatologists recommend performing a self exam check at the beginning of each season and at least once per year to be examined by a specialist. You have to check on regular basis your moles, birthmarks and skin bumps for any changes. Nearly everyone has more than ten moles, freckles, and spots on his skin but it is not difficult to monitor it for any changes. Since the early detection is the key in the successful treatment of melanoma, it is really important to notice the moles and spots on your body. It is strongly recommended to keep the history of your self exams and to observe the order of the exams. Our organization provides a free Check Moles List in order to help you to make this process really organized and helpful for your doctor.
Changing pattern of the mole is a sign that something had gone bad. The truth is that all skin cancer is treatable if detected early enough. You have to check for any change in the size, color or shape of the mole.
Only the doctor could set a diagnosis. The procedure is simple and painless. It is process, called skin biopsy during which your doctor will cut the growth and will send it to a laboratory to find out what it is. The procedure takes a few minutes and could be done in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
Remember: the best way to keep your skin healthy is to perform a regular self moles test in order to find and remove any suspicious spots and growths.
Usually in the cartoons the evil hero is marked with a big hairy mole on his face. Really the big hairy mole is unattractive and could be a curse for the person who has it.
There are few types of hairy moles. The birthmark is a kind of a hairy mole but during the ages in fact each mole could develop few hairs. Some hairy moles have a lot of hairs covering the entire surface and some have just a few thin hairs on it. The truth is that the hairy moles are nasty and people often want to get rid of it.
For cosmetic reasons the hairy mole could be removed using one of the common methods for moles removal. But the hairy mole tend to be more irritated than the common mole – it interferes when shaving or by underwear or even by make-up and jewelries.
Some people remove just the hairs on their mole. There is no reason to think that some of these procedures could raise the risk of melanoma but it would be good to discuss the idea with your dermatologist and to perform regularly the Check Moles Test.
In common cases the mole which is bleeding or ooze is a reason to go to dermatologist. But even in this case the bleeding could be caused by irritation of the mole on the underwear or just a cut during shaving. In other cases the bleeding mole is an indicator for skin cancer. Remember that only a skilled dermatologist is able to set such a diagnosis. It is important to review the rules for moles examination and to take the history of your regular self exams – the Check Moles Lists that you already filled up.
Usually the bleeding is not the only sigh for melanoma. The mole has no symmetrical shape. It often itches (sometimes this is the reason for bleeding) have nonevent color.
In the other cases – when the mole is bleeding as a result of some trauma like shaving cut or catching it should be cleaned by physician for disinfection.
Usually one mole life cycle becomes as a flat spot. With the time the mole could rise above the surrounding skin. Some times the mole even could develop a small thin stalk. In such cases we are talking about raised mole. Because the raised mole is at the middle or at the end of its life cycle typically its color is lighter or even almost even with the common skin color of the person.
The raised moles are often irritated by the clothes or the common activities (as shaving, make up and so on) and because of that they are more uncomfortable for their owners. Usually the raised moles are soft in touch and are not painful. You have to be careful with the raised moles because it is possible to catch them on the clothes or other surrounding objects. This could cause a run or even blooding from the mole. In such cases you have go to dermatologist as soon as possible.
Sometimes it is possible the raised mole to grow so much above the surrounding skin that to fall down by its own and to disappear completely. Because of their unpleasant appearance and discomfort the raised moles could be removed.