Moles- Harmless, Yet Harmful

A mole was always treated as a mark of beauty when it occurred on one’s body in singular form. Whenever a mole attacked the body in plural form, it is always considered ugly and annoying. However, you will be flabbergasted to know the fact that even people with a handful amount of moles are at risk of some serious skin disease.


According to a research published in JAMA Dermatology journal, people with over 50 moles across their bodies have a dramatically reduced risk of developing more invasive melanoma. However, people with the little number of irregular moles are in the worrisome state as people with few moles on the body are more likely to encounter cancer most.

Moles can take birth anywhere on the skin and can survive for a long period of time. They are unwanted skin growths that look small, dark brown and black spots on the skin. Although moles are not harmful they can become cancerous too, but it happens rarely. The medical terminology of moles is Melanocytic Nevus.

Symptoms of Moles

Whenever your skin starts to form a spot of brown or black color, it is an alarming sign of the arrival of the moles.

  1. Color, shape, and size- A spot may vary in shape, size, and color. Moles can be brown, tan, black, red, blue or pink. They can be smooth, wrinkled, flat or raised. They can vary in shape from oval to round. Moles are usually 6mm in diameter.
  2. ABCDE Guide-  The following ABCDE guide can help to identify whether it is a mole or any other spot:


  3. Also note that, if you observe the following changes in your body, consult the doctor immediately for the treatment as they signal that you may have skin cancer.


  • Scaliness
  • Bleeding or oozing from a skin spot
  • A sore that doesn’t heal in a normal timeframe
  • Spreading pigment
  • A mole with irregular borders
  • Sudden tenderness, itchiness, or pain
  • A noticeable, fast-growing spot

 What causes mole?


  1. Genes- The genes are inherited from the parents. Most of the families have a history of an abnormal condition of moles which are known to cause skin cancer. So, it is highly advisable to consult a dermatologist as soon as you encounter moles due to the reason of hereditary. Don’t take them lightly, they can be cancerous.


  1. Overexposure to the sun- The chances of getting moles to increase with your high frequency to roam out in sun. Skin with more exposure to the sun is likely to get moles. However, moles can occur anywhere on the body- genitals, palms or soles. The UV rays generated by the sun are harmful to the skin, giving rise to moles.


  1. Pregnancy- Hormonal changes occur in the body of a woman when she is pregnant. Such hormonal changes are one of the biggest reasons for small and big moles. Such moles tend to leave the body when a woman gives birth. If you had moles before pregnancy, they might get bigger and darker during pregnancy.


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