Should I be worried about my moles?

Most people have between 10 and forty moles on their body – and most moles are completely harmless. There are many different types and they vary in colour, size and shape. Some people may have a mole that physically aggravates or whose location makes them feel self-conscious, and here a shave excision may be appropriate. However, the most common concern is whether or not a mole is benign as very occasionally a mole can develop into melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.

What should I be looking out for?

It is important to be vigilant with our skin and being familiar with its marks. New moles tend not to develop after our teenage years, so if you notice one where there was not one before, see your GP. You should also seek medical advice if you notice any changes to existing moles. Changes to be aware of include uneven colouring, significant increase in size, uneven or ragged edges, and a mole that bleeds, itches or is inflamed or crusty. While they can appear anywhere on your body, the most common occurrence is on the legs, arms, face and back.

What if I notice a change in my moles?

Changes to a mole may be an early indication of melanoma so book an appointment with your GP who will refer you to a specialist if necessary. Milton Keynes-based Mr Sudip Ghosh sees many patients in his mole clinics who are worried about skin cancer. During a consultation, he will take your medical history and conduct a thorough examination, checking any moles that look suspicious. After assessing whether they are benign or cancerous, he will offer the appropriate treatment. Mr Ghosh is a vastly experienced Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon whose private practice provides individualised and specialised care to patients in the Milton Keynes area.

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