How many moles is it normal to have?
This is a highly variable number. Everyone should undergo comprehensive skin examinations by a board-certified dermatologist to ensure that they do not have concerning moles. Top dermatologists often send Dr. Smith patients so he can remove moles that are thought to pose a possible risk of cancer.
How does sun exposure affect moles?
Exposure to the sun can cause more moles to develop, particularly on the sun-exposed skin. As sun exposure can increase the risk of melanoma, it is important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you are out in the sun.
When should you get a mole checked by a doctor?
Use the following A to E guidelines to determine when you should have a mole checked out:
- Asymmetry: The mole is asymmetrical – the two halves don’t match.
- Borders: The edges or borders of the mole are ragged, smudgy, or blurred.
- Color: Black, blue, white, or red moles should be looked at.
- Diameter: See a doctor about any mole larger in diameter than a pencil eraser.
- Evolving: This is one of the most important signs to look for. Get any new or changing mole checked out as soon as possible.