What is a Mole?
Moles (nevi) are a nevucellular skin occurrence located in the skin’s various layers. Everybody has moles. Perceived by most people as a dark brown spot, moles can also be yellow or blue. Moles can be flat, raised, elevated and dermal, appearing anywhere on the skin but especially on the arm, head and neck.
Moles are sometimes regarded as fashionable and are even called “beauty marks” when found in women’s cheeks. However, not all moles are beautiful. They can be very unsightly especially when they protrude from the skin. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin. They are usually brown in color and can be of various sizes and shapes. Most moles come out during the first 20 years of a person’s life, although some may not appear until later in life. Sun exposure may darken existing moles and increase their number.
Types of moles
- Congenital nevi (sometimes referred to as baby moles) – About 1-3% of all babies have one or more congenital nevi when they are born. Of those babies born with this type of mole, approximately 15% of them have moles located on the head and neck. In addition, congenital nevi are moles typically located deeper in the skin (dermis).
- Junctional moles – Are typically brown but can be flat or slightly raised.
- Compound moles – Are slightly raised or elevated. Compound moles range in color from tan to dark brown and involve pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the upper layer and sub-layer of the skin.
- Dermal moles – Color ranges from flesh-color to brown. Dermal moles are elevated, can contain hairs, and are typically found in the upper body.
- Sebaceous moles – Overactive oil glands in the skin produce sebaceous moles. They are yellow and their texture is rough.
- Blue moles – Blue moles, like dermal moles, compound moles or junctional moles, can be slightly raised. The pigment in the skin is responsible for their color. Blue moles are typically found in women on the head, neck, and arms.
Characteristics of moles
- Moles are the most common tumor in humans
- Mole occurrence is approximately 15-20 per adult
- Moles are present in various morphologic (shaped) types
- Moles can transform into a Melanoma or Malignant Cancer
- Mole recurrence is usually symptomatic of melanoma
More Info About Moles
Most moles, including small, flat and raised moles, are benign but atypical moles (dysplastic nevi) may develop into malignant melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer. Atypical moles are usually hereditary. Most moles are bigger than a pencil eraser, and the shape and pigmentation are irregular. Treat your moles before they become dangerous. Wart Mole Vanish can effectively treat and destroy small, flat or raised moles with one single 20-minute treatment.
Congenital nevi are more prone to become cancerous than moles that develop later. Lentigo maligna (melanotic freckle of Hutchinson), most common on the face and typically occurring after the age of 50, first appear as flat spots containing two or more shades of tan. They gradually become larger and darker. One in three of these moles develop into a form of skin cancer known as lentigo maligna melanoma.
Moles Suspicious for Cancer
- Moles with spontaneous ulcerations or bleeding
- Moles with symptoms such as pain and itching
- Congenital and giant Nevus or Moles
- Moles showing changes in size and color
- Moles with unexplained inflammatory changes
- Moles usually occurring in junction and compound moles
Moles that are suspicious for CANCER should be totally and completely excised and subjected to careful microscopic examination or biopsy. If you suspect a mole to be cancerous, please contact a medical professional.
Please Note: Sometimes Seborrheic Keratoses is mistaken as a mole. Even though many people have used Wart Mole Vanish to remove Seborrheic Keratoses (SK), we do not officially recommend or guarantee it. If you’re going to use Wart Mole Vanish please follow the body wart instructions. It is important to soak and remove the hard surface of the SK and dry before applying Wart Mole Vanish cream. This type of skin lesion has a tendency to grow back.
Seborrheic Keratoses (SK) are the most common skin lesion. Although the exact cause of SK is unknown, they tend to be most common on sun-exposed areas in older patients. Some patients may have dozens of them, most commonly on the face, neck and trunk. Typically, SKs have sharp borders, a tan-brown-black color, a “glued-on” appearance, and may be crusty, warty, or occasionally smooth. Occasionally, the surface may crumble, especially when they are picked or irritated , they may ooze and bleed. Irritated or irregularly shaped SKs may be mistaken for skin cancer or melanoma. SKs have no malignant potential. Because they are very superficial lesions, they can be removed by a variety of methods with little or no scarring.