Moles are common. Almost everyone has a few and some people develop hundreds. Individuals with light skin tend to have more moles, with the average ranging from 10-40. Probably the single most important thing to know about moles is that melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can develop in or near a mole. Some types of moles increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
Checking Moles: Skin Self-Exams
Performing regular skin self-exams helps people recognize the early warning signs of melanoma. We recommend that everyone perform regular skin self-exams. Here’s what to look for when performing our self-exam.
Types of Moles
Seborrheic keratoses, the most common type of bumps seen, are harmless spots that pop up as we age. SK spots can be flat or raised with a color that is your normal skin tone or darker. Over time, they may get bigger and become raised and waxy in texture. They are non-cancerous and generally don’t cause any pain or discomfort. The FDA-approved treatment for SK is ESKATA.