A normal mole is usually an evenly colored brown, tan, or black spot on the skin. It can be either flat or raised.
Are black moles cancerous?
Benign moles are usually one uniform color throughout. They can be brown, or black or pink, as long as they are one single color. Cancerous or pre-cancerous moles are multicolored. If the mole has more than one color, get it looked at.
Should I be worried about a black mole?
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 does a black mole mean?
Darkening is one possible sign that a mole is becoming cancerous and could be a melanoma. This mole is about a centimetre across.
Can black moles just appear?
Moles, or nevi, typically form during childhood and adolescence, but new moles can appear in adulthood. Although most moles are noncancerous, or benign, the development of a new mole or sudden changes to existing moles in an adult can be a sign of melanoma.
Is a small black mole dangerous?
Moles are usually harmless. They may contain hairs or become raised or wrinkled. Talk to your doctor about any change in the color or size of a mole or if itching, pain, bleeding or inflammation develops.
Are black moles safe?
It is always safe to have these lesions assessed due to the dark pigment. However, if your mole is dark in colour and different to others, or if it has changed in colour to become dark, do seek advice from a skin specialist. The mole pictured above is an example of a melanoma mole.
When should I worry about a mole?
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.
What makes a mole suspicious?
A mole that does not have the same color throughout or that has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red is suspicious. Normal moles are usually a single shade of color. A mole of many shades or that has lightened or darkened should be checked by a doctor.
Why does my mole have a black dot in the middle?
These moles are usually uneven in color, with a dark brown center. The borders of atypical moles may be irregular, with a lighter or reddish color, and unevenness or black dots around the edge. Atypical moles tend to run in families and they may be at increased risk of developing into skin cancer.
What happens if you pick a mole off?
Scratching off a mole will probably cause some bleeding, but should not require medical treatment. However, if a mole continues to bleed, it should be examined by a dermatologist. Note however, that a growth on the skin that continually bleeds may be a warning sign of skin cancer.
Is a black mole always melanoma?
While benign moles are usually a single shade of brown, a melanoma may have different shades of brown, tan or black. As it grows, the colors red, white or blue may also appear.
Why is my mole itchy?
Itching is caused when your skin’s nerves are irritated. This irritation could be caused by chemicals that are applied to your skin, dry skin, peeling skin caused by a sunburn, and other reasons. However, an itchy mole could also be from changes within the mole itself, and changing moles need your attention.
How do I know if my mole is bad?
Other warning signs are:
- A sore that doesn’t heal.
- Spread of pigment from the border of a spot into surrounding skin.
- Redness or a new swelling beyond the border of the mole.
- Change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness, or pain.
Do moles go away on their own?
Some moles eventually fall off altogether. When healthy moles disappear, the process is typically gradual. A disappearing mole may begin as a flat spot, gradually become raised, then get light, pale, and eventually disappear. This natural evolution of moles rarely indicates cancer.
Can a melanoma appear overnight?
Melanomas may appear suddenly and without warning. They are found most frequently on the face and neck, upper back and legs, but can occur anywhere on the body.