What Causes Moles to Suddenly Appear in Adults?
Sometimes Spring adults are surprised to discover that new moles have appeared on their bodies. And the discovery often makes them wonder, “How did this mole get here?”
While most moles appear in childhood or within your first 20 years of life, there are many reasons why moles may appear during adulthood. The important thing is, if you discover a new mole, you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perri at Perri Dermatology ASAP to determine if mole removal is necessary, as new moles in adults are more likely to be melanoma than existing moles.
Causes of New Moles in Adults
There are several reasons why Spring adults may develop a mole later in life. These causes include:
- Hormonal changes in women’s bodies, such as pregnancy or menopause
We all know that women’s bodies change dramatically during pregnancy and menopause, and these changes can also include changes to the skin.
- Increasing age
The older a Spring patient is, the more likely he or she is to develop a new mole.
- Having fair skin or light or red hair
Those with lighter skin and hair are not only more likely to have existing moles, but they are more likely to develop new moles in adulthood, too.
- Having a family history of atypical moles
If you have a family history of atypical moles, don’t be surprised if you develop them when you’re an adult. While considering mole removal is important for every Spring dermatology patient, it’s especially necessary for those who have a history of moles that aren’t normal.
- Your body responding to drugs that suppress your immune system, or certain antibiotics, hormones or antidepressants
All medications have side effects, and some medications make patients develop new moles. When you see Dr. Perri to determine if mole removal is necessary, make sure you give him a full list of all the medications you take.
- Genetic mutations
Certain genes are known to cause moles in adulthood, and it’s believed there are many yet-to-be-discovered genetic causes of adult moles, too.
- Getting sunburns, being exposed to the sun, or using tanning beds
While you can’t avoid the sun, you should wear sunscreen every single day. You should also avoid tanning beds at all costs to ensure you don’t damage your skin and risk the appearance of precancerous or cancerous moles.
As you can see, there are so many different reasons that a patient may develop a new mole. The important thing is, if you do notice a new mole anywhere on your body, see Dr. Perri ASAP to determine if mole removal is necessary to biopsy the mole and check it for cancerous or precancerous cells.
Scheduling an Appointment with Dr. Perri to See if Mole Removal is Necessary
You shouldn’t wait for your annual skin screening to show Dr. Perri your newly discovered mole but make an appointment as soon as it is discovered so he can properly examine it.
To do so, call Perri Dermatology today at (281) 943-2749.