Sometimes, it is easy to worry about the moles on our skin because of what we’ve been told about skin cancer. There are two types of moles:
- Benign (Harmless)
- Malignant (Harmful)
The moles we have had for years – often since childhood or birth – are most often benign moles which will very rarely turn into melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Any new moles we develop can be of greater concern, and often the early warning signs of melanoma is the presence of a new mole. The exact cause for these moles is so far undetermined. Usually, however, it is your doctor who will decide whether you should have a mole removed owing to its risk of becoming malignant. Such a decision is not often made by the patient. If it were, many of us would be having dozens of moles removed each month. Contact your nearest dermatologist for more information and advice.
Yet, apart from their health risks, moles can also look ungainly. Depending on where they are on our body, a lot of people will admit to having their mole removed because of its awkward appearance. But is mole removal really necessary? Let’s have a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages.
- Each year, around 76,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the US alone. It was estimated that almost 10,000 would die of it in 2014. Such frightening forecasts are enough to get everyone checking their moles for signs of change. But this is the rub; an existing mole is only cause for worry if it is beginning to change in shape, size or colour (getting darker). A trip to the doctor is recommended in this case, and the doctor may well advise surgery to remove the mole to be on the safe side. Addressing unshapely moles that are deemed high risk is certainly an advantage of mole removal; it significantly reduces the chance of melanoma developing.
- Our appearance is important to us. If we have an unsightly mole on our face, neck, or any other body part that we fear may be off-putting to others, we sometimes consider surgery. Often, it is the only way to restore our confidence and esteem. Mole surgery is relatively inexpensive, and if your mole is really hindering your life that much, mole removal pretty much becomes a must.
- If you’re one of the unfortunate ones who happen to have a mole on your upper neck, going for a haircut can be a daunting experience. One miscue by the hair dresser and wallop! Your mole is on the floor, and you’re bleeding substantially. But moles are like this; they can be cut fairly easily in our everyday life and, once cut, they can bleed and bleed. Mole removal would remove this possibility.
- Around 4 out of 100 people die each year due to poor aftercare from surgery in the UK. Although your mole would most probably be removed under local anaesthetic, infections can still set in. In fact, many patients do develop infections from the wounds around the area. Other complications including nerve damage can also arise due to an allergic reaction to the anaesthesia.
- Mole removal may get rid of that unsightly looking mole, but it will also leave a scar. So, you’ve got rid of that brown mole, but what how do you cover up the scar? For something that can be relatively expensive, you might want to consider all the implications first.