A concern over a mole or a mole screening is a common reason for visiting your dermatologist. The correct terminology for mole is nevus and these are often removed for different reasons.
- The dermatologist believes it is abnormal and is removing it for medical reasons
- The patient simply wants it off because they don’t like it or it is rubbing on clothes, etc.
When the nevus is tested at the lab and has atypical cells, more extensive removal may need to be done. The American Cancer Society recommends annual skin exams for those over 40 years of age, but for individuals of certain circumstances, it may be more often.
If you have a mole that looks suspicious, contact Dr. Sharon Meyer. She can determine whether it should be removed and tested. It’s better to be on the safe side. Contact Uptown Dermatology today. We look forward to hearing from you!