Dermatologists in the Ashburn area explain reasons for mole removal
If you have a mole that starts to bleed, itch, or grow it is time to make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Men and women in Ashburn and the surrounding areas can find a caring team of dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. We provide skin cancer screenings and are happy to examine a mole that may be of concern. When necessary, we may recommend mole removal. A reason for removal can include the growth is potentially cancerous, it bothers the patient by rubbing against clothing or jewelry, or the patient finds it unattractive.
Different types of moles
Almost every adult has a few moles. However, some types of moles increase the risk of melanoma including:
- Atypical moles – They may look like melanoma. Your risk of melanoma increases if you have four or more of these types of moles. If you have had melanoma or a parent, brother, sister, or child in your family has had melanoma you may be at higher risk of developing it. Atypical moles are often larger than pencil erasers, are oddly shaped, and are multi-colored (a mixture of tan, pink, red, and brown). They can appear anywhere on the body but are most common on the head, scalp, or neck. Some people may have familial atypical multiple mole-melanoma syndrome. This means they have more than 50 moles and some are atypical.
- Congenital moles – You are born with these types of moles. Roughly, one out of 100 people are born with moles that vary in size from small to large. Larger congenital moles increase the risk of developing melanoma.
- Spitz nevi – These can closely resemble melanoma and are often pink, raised, and dome-shaped. They may contain different colors such as brown, black, or red and may bleed or have openings that ooze.
If you have noticed any of these moles, there is no need to panic. The team at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. will take good care of you. We will thoroughly examine the mole to determine if you may need to have it removed. Call us at our Sterling office at (866) 808-3320 or Centreville office at (866) 808-3140 to schedule an appointment.