Here is a “sun screen” check list to “apply” at all times. Stay away from sunbathing between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.? Check! Wear your sunscreen? Check! Look for moles and watch for changes in their composition? Check! Get your moles checked regularly? What? Please get them checked if they change color and shape. Always.
Not all moles are cancerous, of course. And most will not turn into anything to worry about, but it is still wise to have your body checked for moles, during a physical. There may be one or two that we can’t see; and it is best to have them professionally checked, periodically – and to have those that are found, monitored. Of course, there are those of us who don’t see any point in keeping a mole around … for ANY reason. We are not emotionally attached to them. They do not enhance our features in any way. They do have the capability of rubbing on clothing or other body parts and causing discomfort. And they could, potentially, ‘go bad’ at some point. So why keep them around?
If you have a similar outlook on moles – have your family doctor or dermatologist locate all of them and give you a ‘Mole Map’ that you can take to a qualified plastic surgeon or mole removal specialist to discuss their removal. If the moles are in places that will never see the light of day, or are very tiny and can be removed by freezing or cauterization (burning) – your family doctor may be able to do them. But, if they are in a place where you could potentially have a small scar (especially on the face, neck, lower arm, leg or hands) – it is best to consult with a plastic surgeon about excision, and have a professional oversee the process, so as to minimize any scarring. And even if they look harmless, a good doctor will always insist upon sending them in to be biopsied – to make absolutely certain that they are benign. You are now mole-free and worry-free. Check!