If you have any moles that are larger than most, have smudgy or irregular edges, are uneven in colour or have some pinkness, you should see a doctor and get them checked. Any moles that appear newly in adulthood should be checked. The most concerning sign, however, is a changing mole.
What moles do I need to get checked?
It’s important to get a new or existing mole checked out if it:
- changes shape or looks uneven.
- changes colour, gets darker or has more than 2 colours.
- starts itching, crusting, flaking or bleeding.
- gets larger or more raised from the skin.
How can you tell if a mole is suspicious or dangerous?
Changes in the shape, texture or height of moles may be signs of danger too. A mole that is asymmetric and/or has uneven edges can be a sign of melanoma. It may feel bumpy and/or rough to the touch – or you may feel a hard lump. A lump doesn’t have to be big for the growth to be dangerous.
Can you tell if a mole is cancerous by looking at it?
No. “But having these types of moles is a risk factor for developing melanoma and, unfortunately, there’s no way to tell for sure if a mole is atypical or cancerous without visiting your dermatologist, so it’s important to stay on the lookout,” says Dr. McNeill.
When should I see a GP about a mole?
See your doctor if you develop a new mole or notice a change in an existing mole or area of your skin (including under your nail). Even if you’re worrying about what this might be, you shouldn’t delay seeing them. Your worry is unlikely to go away if you don’t make an appointment.
How quickly does melanoma spread?
Melanoma can grow very quickly. It can become life-threatening in as little as 6 weeks and, if untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma can appear on skin not normally exposed to the sun. Nodular melanoma is a highly dangerous form of melanoma that looks different from common melanomas.
Can a pharmacist check a mole?
If you have concerns regarding a mole or lesion on your body, you should have this checked. You should either see your GP, or you can simply visit a local pharmacy delivering the mole scanning service in partnership with ScreenCancer. In the pharmacy you will be asked to complete a consent form with some personal data.
What does Stage 1 melanoma look like?
Stage I melanoma is no more than 1.0 millimeter thick (about the size of a sharpened pencil point), with or without an ulceration (broken skin). There is no evidence that Stage I melanoma has spread to the lymph tissues, lymph nodes, or body organs.
Is melanoma raised or flat?
The most common type of melanoma usually appears as a flat or barely raised lesion with irregular edges and different colours. Fifty per cent of these melanomas occur in preexisting moles.
What does melanoma start out looking like?
Melanoma can also start in the eye, the intestines, or other areas of the body with pigmented tissues. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the shape, color, size, or feel of an existing mole. However, melanoma may also appear as a new mole.
What does a cancerous mole feel like?
Also, when melanoma develops in an existing mole, the texture of the mole may change and become hard or lumpy. The skin lesion may feel different and may itch, ooze, or bleed, but a melanoma skin lesion usually does not cause pain.
What does Stage 1 melanoma mean?
In Stage I melanoma, the cancer cells are in both the first and second layers of the skin—the epidermis and the dermis. A melanoma tumor is considered Stage I if it is up to 2 mm thick, and it may or may not have ulceration. There is no evidence the cancer has spread to lymph nodes or distant sites (metastasis).
Is 7mm mole big?
melanomas are usually more than 7mm wide; normal moles are not usually bigger than the blunt end of a pencil.
Will a dermatologist remove a mole on the first visit?
A mole can usually be removed by a dermatologist in a single office visit. Occasionally, a second appointment is necessary. The two primary procedures used to remove moles are: Shave excision.
Can GP check moles?
It is very reasonable to see your regular GP if you have concerns about a skin lesion.” It may help to ask if the skin cancer doctor or GP you are seeing has had additional training in dermoscopy – a way of assessing moles using a tool called a dermatoscope, which helps visualise features not visible by the naked eye.