All About Moles

Moles are very common and we all probably have anywhere from 10 to 50, maybe more for those who are fair-skinned. They are usually round, one color, and do not change significantly in color, shape, or size. Usually moles are nothing to be worried about, but sometimes they can be an early indication of skin cancer. Knowing about the different types of moles can help you learn to recognize when a mole is an issue.

Congenital mole – the type of moles that you are born with. They can vary in size and color and usually grow in proportion to your body. Very large moles may increase risks of developing malignant skin cancer (melanoma).

Acquired moles – the moles that appear after you are born, typically through childhood and adolescence. They are usually less than ΒΌ inch in size and can appear anywhere on your body.

Atypical moles – moles that are non cancerous but have some melanoma-like characteristics (larger in size, undefined borders, numerous colors, abnormal shape). In some cases, these moles can develop into melanoma.

If you are unsure of what type of mole you have or have concerns about melanoma, consult with a dermatologist like Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology who has been diagnosing and treating skin, hair, and nail conditions for over 30 years. Dr. Vaillant commonly treats acne, dandruff, hair loss, and skin cancer. Please call us at (732) 679-0222 to schedule an appointment at our office in Old Bridge, NJ!