What is a Skin Tag?
Skin tags are not the same as a mole but are a small flap of tissue that hangs off the skin by a connecting stalk, usually found on the neck, the chest, back, and armpits, under the breast and in the groin area. These unlike moles are not at risk for melanoma and appear more often in women, and the elderly, they can also appear with weight gain.
In most cases, there is no pain with skin tags, but in instances where they are painful or the person with the skin tag wants them removed it is possible for a doctor or dermatologist to remove them. They can, however, become irritated and possibly cause discomfort depending on their location and then removal is advised. This is done with a scalpel, with scissors, by burning them off or freezing them off the Korean skin care in the office.
What does Melanoma Look Like?
Melanoma, when developed due to a mole, changes the appearance of the mole, in size, shape or color, and in most cases all three of these signs. There are also moles that appear after the age of 25 that should be seen by a doctor or dermatologist as this can be a sign of skin cancer.
The mole or melanoma can be irregularly shaped, elevated and in some cases itch and they are usually larger than other moles that appear on the body. A mole that itches often or that bleeds should be seen by a doctor or dermatologist as these can both be signs of melanoma.
In most cases, it will be advised to remove the mole or possible melanoma, which when done early enough can be done safely. There are some other signs on the skin that may not have the appearance of a mole, and can instead be red and raised like a blood blister. There is also the possibility of there being no brown color, and instead of a reddish patch on the skin.
The A, B, C, D, and E of Moles
When looking at moles there are some things to watch for that are characteristics that can be signs of melanoma, these are known as the A, B, C, D, and E of moles. They are the asymmetry, the border, color, diameter, and elevation of the mole.
The reason that these are important is that melanoma is a form of skin cancer that can be caused by the mole that is larger than a pencil eraser, that stands off the skin and that has more than one color. There are some signs to look for with the A, B, C, D and E with moles.
Asymmetry, this when looking at a mole when one side or part of the mole does not match the other side.
Border, the border is the edges of the mol, this when irregular should be watched.
Color, moles that have more than one color should be watched and can have colors of brown, black, blue, white and red.
Diameter, the diameter of a mole that is larger than the tip of a pencil eraser should be watched and checked often for changes.
Elevation, this is the amount the mole is raised off the skin, or a portion of the mole, and should be watched for any changes.
Dysplastic Nevi Moles
Dysplastic Nevi moles are larger than the average mole that most people have, these are moles that are larger than average and also have irregular shapes. These moles often have uneven color with dark brown centers and the uneven edges are lighter in color.
These moles are ones that can be hereditary, being passed from parent to child, and any changes in these moles should be checked by a physician. These types of moles do have a greater chance of developing melanoma.
Often people that have dysplastic nevi moles have as many as one hundred moles on their bodies and if the appearance of the mole changes it should be checked by a dermatologist to ensure that melanoma is not developing. These are not the type of moles that will fade with age and in some cases are removed from the body. They should be checked often either with a mirror or by another person for any changes.