You can go your whole life without having any issues with the moles on your body, but this doesn't mean that you should ignore them. It's good to get into the habit of inspecting your moles regularly, as well as having your spouse check the appearance of any moles that you can't easily see on your own. If you notice any differences in any of your moles, it's not necessarily a sign of something serious, such as cancer — but it is a sign that you should visit your doctor as soon as possible for an assessment of the mole. If it's deemed to be problematic, you'll be booked to have the mole surgically removed. Here are some issues that you could experience.
Changes In How The Mole Feels
Generally, you shouldn't be able to feel your moles. However, there can be changes that result in the moles becoming itchy or otherwise cause you irritation. Sometimes, if you inadvertently scratch one of your moles, it can be a little tender for a while. This isn't necessarily a sign that you should see a doctor, but if the pain persists — whether you scratched the mole or not — medical intervention is in your best interest.
Mole Is In A Problematic Location
In some cases, your mole can be in a location that is bothersome. While some people opt to have moles removed because of aesthetic reasons, other people actually find the placement of moles to interfere with their grooming habits. For example, if you have a bulbous mole on your cheek or your leg, shaving around the area can be difficult. You don't want to risk nicking the mole with your razor, as doing so can be painful. In this situation, it's a good idea to visit your doctor to talk about the issue and get referred to a surgeon who can remove the mole.
Changes In The Mole's Appearance
It can be a serious concern if you notice that the appearance of the mole has changed. Although moles can change in size and color over time for harmless reasons, other changes can suggest issues such as cancer. For example, if you notice that a lightly colored mole has developed dark dots in the center, this could potentially be a sign of melanoma. Even if the visual changes are subtle, it's always a good idea to see your doctor so that he or she can give you an expert opinion on whether or not you should get the mole removed.
For more information, contact Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists or a similar organization.