Skin cancer is a very real threat for Americans; it’s estimated that one out of every five people in the U.S. will develop the disease in their lifetime. As a result of this shocking statistic, it’s extremely important that you pay attention to your skin.
Since moles are so common, you should know the difference between a healthy and potentially cancerous mole. The ABCDE method of identifying melanoma is easiest to remember; if any of the following skin problems develop, you should have your dermatologist take a closer look. Atypical moles, also known as dysplastic nevi, are unusual-looking moles that have irregular features under the microscope. Though benign, they are worth more of your attention because individuals with atypical moles are at increased risk for melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer.
An atypical mole can occur anywhere on the body. The appearance of these moles can vary greatly. The best advice is to know your skin. Keep track of any and all moles you may have, to give you the best chance to spot anything new, changing or unusual and bring it to the attention of your dermatologist.
Doing regular check-ups on moles and keeping a look out for atypical moles is essential to keeping your skin healthy. Remember to look at the following ABCDEs:
Dr. Vitaly Blatnoy at the Orlando Dermatology Center specializes in skin cancer surgery and all clinics are equipped with a lab and a surgical suite to perform biopsies and Mohs surgery. Schedule today!