Just about everybody has at least one mole on their body. Most moles follow a typical pattern and are not considered to be dangerous. However, some moles can be identified or defined as atypical. The medical term for atypical moles is dysplastic nevi.
When a mole is defined as being atypical, it means that it has certain clinical features that set it apart from a normal mole. For example, it is going to be larger than six millimeters in diameter. This is roughly the size of an eraser head. These moles are also going to have a variety of colors, have borders that are not distinct and have a textured surface.
If you have been told that you have an atypical mole, you are going to need to take certain steps in order to protect yourself. One of the first steps you will need to take is having regular skin check-ups every year.
If you have an atypical mole, your chances of developing skin cancer increase drastically. If you are identified as having over 50 atypical moles or if you have multiple family members who are battling with melanoma, your risk of developing this form of cancer is very high. Fortunately, you can have atypical moles removed using a number of techniques. The method that is best in your case will depend on a variety of factors.
While there are some at-home treatments that a person can use for mole removal, it is always recommended that you have a qualified medical professional remove the mole, especially if there is the risk that the mole might be cancerous.
If you have one or more atypical moles and it has been a while since your last professional skin examination, set up a time to visit Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta to have your skin evaluated. Atypical moles are very common; however, that does not mean you shouldn’t take precautions to protect them and have them examined by a qualified medical professional. Having your moles checked out by a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Taylor could be the difference between life and death.
Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery of Atlanta is conveniently located in Alpharetta, GA. Contact our office today to schedule an examination for your atypical moles.