What Are Moles?
Benign moles are non-cancerous clusters or nests of pigment cells called melanocytes. Some are present shortly after birth others are acquired as we get older. Moles are not confined to sun exposed sites. Many people have on average between 20 and 50.
What Do Moles Look Like?
Moles often cause concern when they start to appear different over time. They may also cause symptoms which make them a focus of anxiety, for example itching or bleeding. If you notice something different about your moles which is making you think twice it is important to get a professional opinion on their safety.
Tips for Managing Moles
Dr McDaid says:
Moles should be checked regularly and examined if you notice any change. Ideally protect yourself from the sun with an SPF that has UVB protection of 30+ and UVA star rating of 5.
The best protection of all is modifying your behaviour ideally staying out of the hot sun between 10am and 3pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you remove melanomas at Altruderm?
No. We will refer any lesion we suspect to be cancerous back to your NHS GP for further management by a Consultant Dermatologist. This is in line with good practice and the national SIGN Guidelines. At Altruderm we provide a surgical service to those with benign (non-cancerous) lesions.
Where can I find out more information online about moles?
The British Association of Dermatologists has a Patient Information Leaflet about Moles available on their website.
The NHS Choices website has a dedicated page to Moles with information on types of moles and when to contact your GP.
Visit Altruderm’s Mole Removal Page for form information about our mole removal service and patent results.