A Quick Tip on Atypical Moles!

Video Transcript:

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

Atypical moles, it’s a huge topic and we have a much longer video that’s on our website, but the basic topic is, if you have a normal mole here, we all have them, you don’t really need to do anything about it. And then you have a melanoma skin cancer over here, really bad skin cancer, and everywhere in between, you’ve got this concept of atypical moles.

Now, please don’t think that the normal progression is a normal mole and then the atypical mole, and then you will get to melanoma. That’s not how it works. How it does work though is, the more atypical moles you have, the higher your chance of getting a melanoma skin cancer somewhere on your body. So really, the take home here is atypical moles, they’re not cancerous. They have an unknown biologic potential of becoming a melanoma, but by no means do they naturally progress and their destiny is dictated to become melanoma.

But what it does mean is that you need to see your local dermatologist fairly regularly, and they’ll let you know that schedule, because you do have a slightly increased chance of developing melanoma somewhere in your body.