What they are:

Moles are small, slightly raised blemishes on your skin. They are benign and do not require treatment, but they should be monitored for changes. Moles are dark because they contain more melanin than the rest of your skin. Moles, also called nevi, are extremely common--almost every adult has a few. 

You should not be overly worried about your moles. However, keep in mind:

  • The first sign of melanoma is often a change to a mole, or a new mole on your skin. 
  • Melanoma can grow near moles.
  • Melanoma can be cured if caught and treated early.

Use the ABCDE’s as a guide to evaluate your moles:

A-asymmetry, meaning one half doesn’t look like the other

B-border irregularity, a jagged or scalloped edge

C-color, either multiple colors in one lesion or one very dark color

D-diameter, anything greater than 6mm or the size of pencil eraser

E-evolution, some sort of change


Make an appointment with River Ridge Dermatology to get your skin checked every year. If a mole starts to grow, itch, or bleed, make an appointment to see us right away.