Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. A common mole is known as an acquired melanocytic nevi. While most lesions that are commonly identified as moles contain melanocytes and appear even in their pigmentation, many moles are non-melanocytic. Both melanocytic and non-melanocytic lesions can develop into melanoma.
Being the sixth most common cancer in North America, and the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanomas originate as superficial tumours within a mole that develop horizontally. In this stage of radial development they are easy to remove via surgical excision, without allowing the cancer to cause any other damage. The deadly stage of a melanoma’s development is the vertical growth stage, which can occur soon after the initial tumour develops, or years later. In this stage the body faces the risk of having the cancer cells spread (more metastatic potential).
Skin tag facts are very common small, soft skin growths which tend to occur on the eyelids, neck, armpits, groin folds, and under breasts. They are harmless but can be annoying.
Common moles are skin lesions composed of melanocytes- giving them a darker pigment. Moles can be found in countless forms, however, and can be perfectly safe despite being blue, pink, or black. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.
It is essential to check our moles for any abnormalities regularly, particularly to identify melanoma (rare but dangerous skin cancer) in its early stages.
Unwanted or dangerous moles and skin tags can be quickly and safely removed by surgical excision. Although these procedures cause only minor discomfort, numbing is available to reduce overall stress.