Skin Cancer Moles
Most people have between 10 and 40 moles on their bodies by the time they reach adulthood. Common moles occur when skin pigment cells cluster together, and they are usually located on parts of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun. They may be present at birth but can appear throughout childhood and even adulthood. Moles that are large or that appear different from others may need further evaluation by Dr. Ghasri, our expert in treatment of skin cancer moles in Los Angeles.
A normal mole is round with a distinct edge and shape. It may be pink, tan or brown and should be the same color throughout. Most moles are smaller than a pencil eraser. Skin cancer moles are different. These may have notched or irregular borders, various shades in one mole, and they may change shape or size, itch, bleed or ooze. Any mole that is asymmetrical, has an irregular border, varied colors, or a diameter that is larger than a pencil eraser should be checked out by our skilled Los Angeles skin cancer moles treatment expert.
Dr. Peyman Ghasri is a top expert in treatment of skin cancer moles in Los Angeles and can evaluate the site. A biopsy may be necessary to look for skin cancer cells and to determine the type of mole that you have. A complete skin check may be necessary to identify any other areas of concern on your body. While abnormal or cancerous moles tend to be most common in sun-exposed areas, they can occur anywhere on the body.
After your evaluation, Dr. Ghasri, our Los Angeles skin cancer moles treatment expert, will give you a diagnosis and help you explore your options. Surgery may be necessary. Dr. Ghasri will explain the various methods and which are most appropriate for your situation. In some cases, chemotherapy medications, radiation or phototherapy may be suggested instead.
Healthy skin practices can often reduce your risk of skin cancer. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your next skin check with Dr. Peyman Ghasri, our dermatologist in Los Angeles.