Know the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer
Moles, also known as nevi, are skin growths made up of cells called melanocytes or nevus cells. They can be flat or raised, and range in color from skin colored to light, medium, or dark brown. The average person has fewer than 40 moles, most developed by the time they are in their early 30s. A small number of moles, called congenital nevi, are present at birth or appear shortly thereafter.
Most moles have distinct borders, are oval or round, and are smaller than about ¼ inch (about the size of a pencil eraser), and are of no concern, but should be watched for any changes that develop as they could be early signs of skin cancer including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Your Advanced Dermatology provider will examine you for moles and other suspicious growths during your Annual Total-Body Skin Cancer Exam.