What are Moles / Skin Lesions?
Moles are common skin lesions. Moles, also known as naevi, that can appear anywhere on the body and can be raised or flat. If they are brown or black in colour, they may also be called pigmented naevi.
Moles are benign in nature (harmless), but a malignant melanoma (cancerous mole) may arise within a mole. Sometimes moles are present at birth, but usually they develop in childhood. Genetics can play an important role in the likelihood of an individual developing moles. Sun exposure is also a causal factor.
The vast majority of people have 10-40 moles on their body with up to 10% of these people having at least one mole with an atypical or unusual appearance. Moles that are changing in appearance may be becoming atypical moles, which have a higher risk of becoming a melanoma.
Risk factors for atypical moles and melanoma include:
- Fair skin
- Excessive sun exposure and history of sunburns
- Radiation exposure
- Family history
If your mole has recently changed in appearance, size, shape or colour we recommend you should come in to our LINIA Skin Clinic for a mole check. Our mole consultations will allow the dermatologists to thoroughly examine your moles to determine whether or not these changes indicate the formation of skin cancer.
Most moles are not a cause for concern and present as purely a cosmetic problem. For cosmetic removal, a shave excision is the most satisfactory treatment.
If a mole presents with worrying signs, the best option is a surgical excision of the mole.
All moles when removed will be sent to a histopathology laboratory for a written confirmation and report on the type of mole.
At LINIA Skin Clinic we offer a wide range of services for the removal of moles. Treatments include:
- Curettage and cautery
- Shave excision
- Surgical excision