Don’t Ignore Your Mole: A Closer Look Into Melanoma

melanomaUnless deemed as a “beauty mark,” moles can often be a bit unsightly. However, just because you have a mole, it doesn’t mean that it is necessary to have it removed. In fact, most moles aren’t typically removed by Dr. Tom F. Crais unless they are deemed as “cancerous” or “precancerous.” If you have a mole and are wondering whether or not if it may be cancerous, read on to learn more.

Signs Of Melanoma

As mentioned above, having a mole within itself isn’t indicative of cancer. However, signs of skin cancer include things like:

  • Change in size
  • Change in color
  • Change in shape
  • Bleeding

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, make sure to contact Dr. Tom F. Crais’ office immediately.

Other Things to Be Mindful Of

Another thing to be mindful of when determining whether or not you may have cancer, consider your age. Because most of your moles and sunspots will arise around the age of 30, you should start to schedule yearly appointments with Dr. Tom F. Crais in order to have your moles looked at. In fact, after the age of 35, it’s advised that you start to really keep a close eye on all of your moles and freckles in order to ensure that they aren’t changing in any way.

Ways to Treat Melanoma

If you do have a suspicious mole during your initial consultation with Dr. Crais, a biopsy will likely be conducted to see if it is in fact cancerous. During your biopsy, the entire mole will be removed either by having it scraped off or lasered off. Once the mole has been removed, it will be sent to the lab in order to see if there are any cancer cells on it. If it is cancerous, Dr. Tom F. Crais will then see if the cancer has spread at all or if it was merely contained within the mole itself. If it has spread, Dr. Crais will send you to an oncologist in order to set up a treatment schedule.

To learn more about melanoma or signs of melanoma, contact Dr. Tom F. Crais.

 

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