Moles and Skin Cancer
Frequently, I’m asked whether a mole’s abnormal or not. And the most important thing on deciding whether a mole is abnormal is whether it’s been changing, has been changing over the last two or three months, has it changed ever since the child was born. So how fast something changes makes a difference as well. Dermatologists look for things called A, B, C, D, which is Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color and Diameter, which, basically, to the layperson, is it different from left to right, is it asymmetrical in shape. I, frequently, recommend that we do yearly skin exams on people, and then we can monitor their moles and remove them if necessary. Fortunately, I did a cosmetic surgery fellowship so if there’s a cosmetically elegant way of taking a mole off, I’ll be the person to be able to do that for you.