Moles are so common, they’re often easy to ignore. However, it’s important to check them every month and look out for changes that may signal skin cancer. Dr. Samuel Pruden at SkinMD expertly removes moles in the office, whether they’re precancerous or they’re affecting your appearance. If you have any concerns about a mole, don’t wait to call the office in Lexington, Kentucky, or use the only booking tool to schedule an appointment. With early diagnosis and treatment, skin cancer is curable.
Moles are often harmless, although they can become irritated and bleed when they catch on clothing or get in the way of shaving.
It’s important to routinely examine your moles, however, because they can turn into the most dangerous form of skin cancer: melanoma.
Melanoma develops when ultraviolet light from the sun (or tanning beds) damages cellular DNA in the mole. When this happens, the cells begin to proliferate, turning the mole into a cancerous tumor.
Although melanoma is curable when the cancerous mole is removed at an early stage, it may become deadly when it spreads to other parts of your body.
You may decide to have a mole removed when it becomes irritated or when it affects your appearance. Moles must be removed when precancerous changes develop.
When you notice any change in an existing mole, or it begins to bleed or itch, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pruden so he can closely examine the area.
You should also contact the doctor when you notice the “ABCDE” changes in a mole because they’re warning signs of melanoma:
Dr. Pruden removes your mole in the office, using one of several techniques that are all quick and easy. Your mole is gone in only a few minutes and, with the doctor’s expertise, you’ll have minimal scarring and little pain.
After Dr. Pruden removes the mole, he examines it under a microscope to be sure there isn’t any evidence of cancer. If he finds precancerous or cancerous changes, he may need to perform a more extensive procedure to eliminate all cancerous cells (a treatment that’s also done in the office).
Mole removals may or may not be covered by your insurance. Dr. Pruden is happy to discuss your treatment options and pricing for cosmetic mole removals that aren’t covered.
You can rely on the experience of a board-certified dermatologist to accurately diagnose and remove your moles. To schedule an appointment, call SkinMD or use the online booking tool.