Are you concerned you may have cancerous moles on your skin? Would you be able to spot ongoing changes in moles?
It only takes one innocent looking, abnormal mole on your body to be told, "you have melanoma".
If you have any moles on you at all, it's very important that you learn how to do your own Self Skin Exam and learn how to spot a suspicious mole. Bleeding moles are easy to spot and should be given quick attention. However, sometimes changes in moles cannot be seen very easily as the mole remains visibly the same on the surface of the skin and is traveling deeper inward.
That's what makes this information on cancerous moles so important!
Here are some pictures of moles to help spot mole cancers that may already exist.
Do not rely on these pictures alone to be the judge. It’s not unusual that an unskilled doctor can overlook it; you may overlook it also.
Always rely on your gut feeling and seek a second opinion when not satisfied. It's important you see a dermatologist who specializes in skin cancer.
There is absolutely no asymmetry, no defined border, it changes in color tone and has a similar mole nearby. This needs attention and don't put it off!
To see what I'm talking about with Asymmetry and Border, visit Five Signs of Skin Cancer.
There may be a very subtle change of Color here, but what stands out the most is the lack of a clear cut Border and how it spreads out and fades off, blending into the normal skin tissue.
This needs to be taken seriously. See a dermatologist!
This one may go unnoticed at times because of the location, but the raised Elevation should remind you.
This mole should grab your attention because there's not a sharp contrast in skin Color, but looks like some areas are a shade more red than pink.
Again, there is no clear cut Border and the color fades out into the flesh color.
This needs to be biopsied right away.
These moles ARE suspicious because they look very similar to the pictures of Cancerous Moles.
In fact, I couldn't tell you the difference.
They are called suspicious simply because they have not yet been biopsied.
Only after the results of a biopsy can it be certain that it is cancerous or non-cancerous.
Don't hesitate to have it looked at, As Soon As You See Anything Like These on your skin!
Many people have moles like this and have had them for many years.
When I see someone I know with any moles like the above, I usually ask if they've ever had it checked out.
Often they have already and they were found to be non-cancerous.
When they tell me they haven't, I absolutely recommend that they do.
My brother has gone and my sister, as well, and their moles were found to be non-cancerous. The dermatologist opted to remove it anyway because it could be suspicious, in light of our family history.
If you have moles and freckles at a young age, you should go have them checked out on a yearly basis.
Have regular exams by your dermatologist.
If your moles are NOT cancerous, you may remove them for a fraction of the price in your own home without any surgery.
Keep in mind that every year, the month of May is Skin Cancer/Melanoma Month.
Throughout the country there are lots of FREE Skin Cancer Exams.
Check with local hospitals or dermatologists to find one close to you.
It's better to be safe than sorry!
Links related to Cancerous Moles:
10 Most Frequented Skin Cancer Links
Skin Cancer Survivor Stories
Our Cancer Stories are so Similar Mine and Gary's -by Valerie
Skin Cancer Warning Signs
Squamous Cell Skin Cancer - My Personal Story
Sebaceous Gland Carcinoma
Five Signs of Skin Cancer
Types of Skin Cancer
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly
Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie
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The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t put your very life at risk!