Misconception about moles
With a large number of people there is a mistakes that moles should not be removed. Our experts argue that moles people should be removed, especially if there is an indication and need for it. Situations in which youth should be eliminated:
- If it’s a malignant moles(malignant melanoma – the most malignant skin cancer)
- Cosmetic reasons
- If a moles is in an inconvenient place where he or she may be injured (eg, head, bending, area around the anal opening, etc.).
Also, there is a misconception that, by injuries, a mole may become malicious, which is not true. Injuries can lead to complications in terms of bleeding, infection, and the like, but in this way, the moles can not become malignant. This misconception was created by malignant melanoma in the invasive phase of its growth that began to spontaneously bleed, which was wrongly associated with injuries.
Another misconception about the moles is that the changes that look like “ugly moles” are malignant. It can be true, but it does not necessarily mean it. Seborous keratosis, which is a completely benign change in the skin, can, when it is black, resemble a mole. There are cases in which skin changes, which look cosmetically quite inconspicuous, can be malignant.
The examinations of the moles with the eye vision does not bring much information about the mole until a dermoscopic examination of the mole is performed (when you see the structure of the mole, when such a mole is scoring (scored based on 3 or 7 criteria), then determines whether it is a malignant mole or carcinoma of the skin, and then decides whether or not such a mole should be followed, etc.)
The misconception also applies to so-called. Congenital mole, is the mole we have from birth, because even on such mole, especially if they are larger, they can appear malignant melanoma.
It is advised that every person, from the period after puberty, to the age, is treated by a dermatoscopic examination of the moles, because melanoma can occur in both elderly and younger people. Of particular importance is the DIAGNOSIS ON TIME BECAUSE WHEN THE MALIGNANT MELANOMA DIAGNOSTIFICATES IN THE INITIAL PHASE, IS 100% CURABLE.
Mr sci dr Miloš Trojanović
spec. of dermatovenerology