It is normal to have moles on your body as practically everyone has dozens of moles on their body. Most of these moles are non-malignant, and are of no danger. However there is a chance for some of these moles to become cancerous and these moles are called skin cancer moles.
It is the moles that have been around for a long time, or which suddenly appear that are called skin cancer moles. Existing moles that suddenly change specific characteristics may become skin cancer moles.
Basically, skin cancer manifests itself as an abnormal accumulation of cells that resembles a sore or pimple that does not heal. These sores may bleed or ooze fluid, crust or scab over and may also ooze and bleed again. While cancer may occur anywhere on the skin, it is most common on areas exposed to the sun.
Skin cancer and skin moles are not painful but may manifest itself as sores that do not heal. This is why cancer sometimes goes unnoticed. The moment you find some difference in the ABCD of any mole on your body, or if you develop new mole on arm meaningon your body, it is better to consult your doctor about it as soon as possible.
You can find out if moles are cancerous by following the ABCD rule:
- Asymmetry is when half of the growth acquires a different shape from the other. You have to look at both halves of the mole, as if it had an imaginary line in its middle. If you find the mole is not equal, you have to have it examined.
- Borders that are irregular because of scalloped or uneven edges are signs of skin cancer moles. Even moles that bleed, itch or are painful indicate cancer.
- Colors where the mole changes color with its growth or where there is lack of uniformity in color are signs of skin cancer. Melanomas acquire different colors like black, brown and tan shades and may have red, white and blue specks.
- Diameter of a mole that is larger than the diameter of a pencil eraser depicts cancerous moles and should be tested for skin cancer. So keep checking moles for an increase in its diameter.
It is important that you regularly examine your skin for new moles and for changes in existing moles. Stand in front of a mirror, and examine moles on both the front and back of your body, including under your arms.
Remember that melanoma or cancer moles are a dangerous and invasive form of skin cancer that can appear anywhere on the body, including under fingernails. The risks of melanoma are increased if you have a mole from birth. Ask your doctor for the best mole removal method for you.