When it comes to skin cancer, detecting it early is key. If skin cancer is found early there will be more treatment options. This is even more important with melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. So if this is so important, how do you spot danger signs? Are raised moles, for example, a definite sign?
Monitoring your skin and performing regular self-checks is something you need to incorporate in your life. Also, it’s smart to have knowledge of the basics of skin cancer signs. One thing to look out for, are raised moles. These could be a sign of risk. Why is that?
Normal vs not normal moles
Skin cancer does not always grow from moles, but it is the most commonplace. And when it comes to moles there can be made a distinction between normal moles and not normal moles. Doctors refer to the latter as a dysplastic nevus. A dysplastic nevus is a type of mole that looks different than a normal mole. Some doctors also use the term atypical mole to refer to moles that have unnatural characteristics.
One of the characteristics an atypical mole can have is a raised surface. These moles begin as a flat, smooth spot on the skin. But over time they become raised and form a smooth bump. When this happens, it is a sign of unnatural growth and the mole is identified as atypical.
Melanoma moles always raised?
As stated above, raised moles can be a sign of risk. This does not mean that raised moles are always identified as skin cancer – but if you have a mole that fits the description, make sure to self-check as the first step for a risk indication, and have your doctor take a closer look to find out what is going on exactly.
For melanoma skin cancer, raised moles are described as a sign to watch. But not all melanoma moles are raised, so if you see any other signs of risk (asymmetry, border, colors, large diameter, evolution of any kind) then make sure to have it checked out, even if the mole is not raised.