Are Skin Colored Moles a Sign of Skin Cancer?

Are Skin Colored Moles a Sign of Skin Cancer?

Most people will find that they have many moles on their bodies, sometimes upwards of 40 or 50; in rare cases it has been reported that some individuals having as many as 100 plus, moles. These moles are either sub-dermal, which means they sit underneath the skin or are of pigmented growth, which applies to the ones that sit on top of the skin area. Some of these can be skin colored.

Scientists are continually looking for ways to learn more about why moles occur, however it is thought that in the main an individual’s genetics will play the leading role in deciding if moles are to develop.

Typically a mole can vary in color, with many of them featuring the following shades:

  • Dark brown
  • Light brown
  • Skin coloured

I Have a Skin Colored Mole, is it a Sign of Cancer?

skin colored blemishNo, the important thing to understand about moles, and whether or not they are malignant i.e. cancerous, is not necessarily what color they are. A healthy mole will normally be a single shade or color, so a skin colored mole is quite acceptable.

However when a mole is a made up of multiple colors it could well be the sign that something is wrong and it should be checked out urgently, some of the colors are:

  • Dark brown
  • Light brown
  • Tan
  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Blue

A malignant melanoma or cancerous mole is one of the more treatable skin cancers, with many patients going on to make a full recovery once the cancer is diagnosed. As with any type of cancer it is vital that the treatments take place as soon as possible, so as to limit the chances of the disease spreading; with this in mind it is important to have a good understanding about the different types of moles and also to check your own skin moles on a regular basis.

Living With a Normal Mole

As discussed earlier the importance of regular self-checks cannot be emphasised enough, with the key to prolonged health lying in early detection of cancerous moles.

Other things to consider regarding whether a mole is healthy or not can include:

  • The shape or symmetry of the mole: This is a potential sign of an issue, when one side of the mole doesn’t match the other. A normal, healthy mole is generally oval or circular in shape.
  • The border of the mole: The edges should be smooth, again potential health concerns are if the mole has ragged or blurred edges.
  • The size of the mole: Usually the diameter is generally no larger than the end of a pencil, approx. six millimeters.
  • Changes in the mole: A sign to look out for is if the mole is evolving, this can be relating to the size, color, shape or general appearance.
  • Bleeding moles: Although this is not a guarantee of a malignant melanoma, an individual should always take this seriously and seek professional help and guidance, especially if there has been no contact in which to effect the start of the bleeding.
  • More info here: ABCDE Method For Identifying Signs of Cancerous Moles

The seriousness of the risk of skin cancer should never be underestimated; with this in mind it is strongly advised that an individual avoids extended exposure to UV rays, and when outside in the sun uses an appropriate sun screen