Houston Mole Removal
Even though most moles are harmless and don’t require mole removal, Houston patients should always keep an eye on their moles to see if they change shape, color, or size, or if they start to bleed, itch, or become painful.
If you’re worried that you have a mole that could be cancerous or precancerous, or if you just want it removed because it is bothersome, call Dr. Perri today at (281) 943-2749. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but if it is detected early, melanoma has a 98% 5-year survival rate. Early detection is one of the best possible ways to cure skin cancer so make sure you call Dr. Perri today.
After you call, we can answer any of your questions and concerns. From there, the next step is to set up a time for you to come in and meet Dr. Perri and he can perform an evaluation of any worrying signs or symptoms that you’ve noticed with your moles.
What is a Mole?
Your skin has pigment cells in it called melanocytes that give your skin its color. People with darker skin have more melanocytes than people with fairer skin. Usually, these pigment cells are spread out over the skin. But sometimes they can grow in a cluster and form a mole. On average, people may have between 10 to 40 moles on their body. Most moles develop during the first 30 years of life. Some moles are totally harmless and benign while others can require mole removal. Houston patients should always keep a close eye on their moles and make note of any changes.
Types of Moles
Moles can be classified by where they are located and when they develop. But the two main classifications are Common and Atypical.
- Common Moles – These moles usually show up in areas of the skin that get a lot of sun. They are usually dome shaped and have very noticeable edges. Some common moles do eventually turn into skin cancer, but this is very rare.
- Atypical moles – The atypical moles are the ones patients in Houston should keep an eye out for. As their names suggest, atypical moles have irregular shapes, raised and flat parts, fuzzy edges, and they may have patches of different colors in them. Atypical moles don’t always turn into skin cancer although Houston patients who have several of these moles are at an increased risk.
Signs of Cancerous and Precancerous Moles
Dr. Perri encourages all of his patients to perform self-examinations on their moles to look for any sort of changes that could require the need for mole removal. Houston patients can use the following ABCDE guide as you examine your moles.
- Asymmetry – Both halves of the mole do not match.
- Border – The border of the mole is jagged or oddly shaped.
- Color – The mole does not have a consistent color throughout.
- Diameter – Make sure the diameter of the moles is smaller than a pencil eraser.
- Evolution – Has the mole changed in its size, shape, or color.
Finally, a few other things to look for: if your mole becomes itchy, irritated, bleeds or oozes, or if they become painful, make sure you call Dr. Perri immediately.
What is Mole Removal?
During your appointment with Dr. Perri, he will carefully examine your mole(s) and then determine if he needs to perform a biopsy. With a biopsy, Dr. Perri will remove a portion of the mole and then have it examined under a microscope to look for cancerous cells.
If Dr. Perri confirms that your mole is cancerous or precancerous, he can recommend the best option for having that removed.
If you have any suspicions that you have a cancerous or precancerous mole that requires mole removal, Houston patients should call Dr. Perri immediately at (281) 943-2749. One of the main reasons why skin cancer has such a high rate of survival is because of early detection so make sure you contact us immediately.