What does a skin cancer mole look like?

What does a normal mole look like? Normal moles are benign, this means that they are not ­cancerous. They can be tan, brown, dark brown or black and are usually smaller than the width of a pencil eraser. However, some do have the capacity to turn into skin cancer moles. This is why it's always a good idea to know what a normal mole looks like, so you can check if there have been any changes to yours. You can do this by regularly checking your moles or by taking photos and comparing them.

What do skin cancer moles look like?

Skin cancer moles have a set of usual warning signs. These include asymmetry, which means that your mole wouldn’t match if it was folded in half. Moles larger than around 6mm are also a concern. If your mole changes its shape, size or color, this could also be a sign of skin cancer. Another thing to look out for is rough edges on the mole, as normally they are outlined smoothly. Inconsistency in the color of your mole is also a sign of cancer.

What does a normal mole look like?

Different kinds of skin cancer moles

Now that you know what skin cancer moles look like, you can be on your guard when it comes to noticing any changes. There are three types of skin cancer: melanoma (which is the most aggressive), squamous cell carcinoma, which is most likely to affect those with pale skin and light-colored eyes and then there’s basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common of the skin cancers and is also the easiest to treat. All of these types of cancer can change your mole and cause other symptoms such as pain or bleeding, so if you think that your moles have changed or that you suddenly have new ones, make sure to make an appointment with your GP.

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