Moles are elevated skin cells called melanocytes that produce clusters of dark brown pigment. Initially, moles are harmless and common – literally almost everyone has anywhere from one to ten by adulthood. Some moles, however, can develop malignant melanoma cancer and become very serious. If you notice an excessive number of moles, get them checked immediately before they develop cancer cells. You can help prevent moles from reaching a cancerous state by avoiding the sun during peak hours and limiting your time spent in broad daylight. If you do go into the sun, stay safe and wear protective clothing, a hat, and SPF 15 sunscreen.
What’s Our Solution?
You don’t have to get benign moles treated, but you can if you don’t like their unsightly appearance. If you have cancerous moles, get them removed immediately, even if you’re merely suspicious of cancer. We remove atypical moles with surgery, and if the moles are cancerous, we include local anesthesia. If cancer cells are found in the mole tissue once it’s scrutinized under a microscope, we’ll perform additional surgery to remove every last portion of the mole.