Do you know how to spot mole warning signs? Although most moles are harmless, some can become cancerous. Dr. David Graham, your Edmond, OK dermatologist at Silver Leaf Dermatology, explains how you can tell if you should have your mole examined.

Mole warning signs

Overlooking changes in moles can harm your health. In some cases, moles start to look different before they actually become cancerous. Common skin cancer warning signs include:

What should I do if I notice any warning signs?

Call Dr. Graham to schedule an appointment if you notice any of these warning signs. If he thinks that mole should be examined further, he'll numb your skin with a topical anesthetic, remove it with a scalpel and send it to a laboratory for testing. Moles can also be removed with a laser or by freezing or burning them.

In many cases, suspicious moles are benign. If testing does reveal that you have skin cancer, you'll probably need a minor surgical procedure to remove the remaining cancerous cells from your skin. Moh's surgery, a procedure that removes skin one layer at a time, is often used to treat skin cancer because it causes less scarring and less damage to healthy skin.

Are you concerned about a mole? Call Dr. Graham, your dermatologist atSilver Leaf Dermatology in Edmond, OK and serving the Oklahoma City area, to schedule your appointment.

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