Atypical moles are moles that are abnormal in size, shape, and color. While atypical moles are not cancerous, those with many are at a greater risk of developing melanoma in their lifetime. This is because they are abnormal on the cellular level which makes them a higher risk for skin cancer.
How to tell if a mole is atypical and a higher risk for transitioning into skin cancer.
Usually, they are often larger than one’s other moles and they can have fuzzy borders, irregular shapes, and can be asymmetric but, it varies from person to person. Atypical moles often are composed of more than one color such as light brown, dark brown, red, black or white. They are also, often on the trunk (chest, back, and abdomen) but can appear anywhere.
What do you do if you have a questionable mole and are worried about skin cancer?
We recommend annual skin checks for atypical moles with the dermatologist. Kentucky Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists can evaluate atypical moles and will biopsy moles if an abnormality is suspected. When detected early, melanoma has a very high cure rate. You can also reduce your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers by protecting your skin from the sun with the use of sunscreen, sun protective clothing, and sun avoidance.