If you notice any suspicious or changing skin moles or other spots on your skin,
you should come in immediately and have it examined by Dr. Hoover or Yenny Ceballos, ARNP. If it is determined to be worrisome, we can collect a biopsy right in the office. If the biopsy (or clinical examination) determines it to be dangerous we can easily remove it right in the office.
How do I know if a mole is “bad”?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, regular self and doctor performed skin checks are very important. There is an easy way to remember what you are looking for, just remember ABCDE.
A – Asymmetry, one side of mole looks different from the other
B – Border irregularity – the border is not smooth and sharply distinct from skin
C – Color the color is not uniform
D – Diameter, bigger than 6mm or the size of an eraser
E – evolving, the most important factor, any changing mole
If you have any of these signs come in immediately and we can fully evaluate it. The key to successful treatment is early detection. The goal is to completely remove it before it is allowed to spread. So ignoring it will only make a simple situation extremely complicated for you.