Most people are aware that melanomas can arise in existing moles, but did you know that 60 percent of melanomas are completely new and are not associated with an existing mole?
People continue to develop new moles until sometime between the ages of 20–40, on average. New moles should be symmetric and grow at a normal, stable rate. They should look like other moles that you already have. If you notice an unusual, changing or asymmetric mole or dark spot, you should have it promptly evaluated by your dermatologist. In addition, any moles that itch, ooze, bleed or become tender or painful should be evaluated. Most melanomas will have one or more of these characteristics, and early detection is critical for treatment. If you catch a melanoma early its very treatable, but more advanced lesions can become fatal.
If you’re concerned about a new or existing mole, a simple skin cancer screening can help put your mind at ease. The dermatologists at Revere Health will closely examine your skin, evaluate your moles, help you develop a plan to reduce your skin cancer risk and address any concerning finds.