Top 10 Skin Concerns: Suspicious Moles / Skin Cancer

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Moles are another frequent skin issue that patients want to discuss at our New York dermatology practice.  With the increasing rates of skin cancer, you should seek medical guidance if and when a suspicious mole appears.  For starters, moles are perfectly natural and can be influenced by genes or sun exposure.  While moles are naturally occurring, it’s the appearance of the mole and its characteristics that distinguish benign moles from cancerous moles.

The four key criteria for moles include asymmetry, border, color and diameter.  Sometimes evolving is added as a 5th criterion.  If a mole starts changing in size, color, shape or if the border becomes ragged or you notice bleeding, then it’s important to consult a dermatologist.

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