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When Should I Have My Moles Checked?

The answer to the question 'When should I have my moles checked?" is that it is important for everyone to have their moles checked at least once a year.  People with a history of atypical moles or skin cancers should see their dermatologist more often; your dermatologist will recommend the appropriate length of time to wait between skin cancer screenings. The ABCDEs of melanomaare important for everyone to keep in mind while performing their monthly skin check at home.
  • Asymmetry
  • irregular Borders
  • more than one Color
  • Diameter of greater than 6mm (about the size of a pencil eraser)
  • Evolving
However, even if you have had a recent skin cancer screening, any new or changing mole should be checked out by your dermatologist.  Not all melanomas fit into the ABCDE criteria, so it is important to have a dermatologist evaluate all new moles on your skin. Additionally, other skin cancers (such as Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas) do not appear as dark spots on your skin.  These worrisome areas may appear as reddish bumps, non-healing areas, tender scaly patches, or crusting on the skin.  For this reason, it is important that you visit a dermatologist for a yearly exam to look for any skin cancers or precancerous lesions. Click here to schedule an appointment for a mole check in New York.  
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