These are small coloured spots on the skin made up of a cluster of melanocyte cells which produce the pigment in skin. They are usually circular or oval and vary in colour from pale to dark brown. They can develop anywhere on the body and almost every adult has a few.
Causes Of Moles
Some are present at birth but most develop before the age of 40 and they are more likely to develop if other family members have them. Exposure to the sun can have an impact on how many develop and their size.
Moles are clearly visible and can be either rough or smooth to touch. They can change in appearance in time and even fade away.
Diagnosis/Treatment Of Moles
Most moles are harmless but in rare cases they can be a melanoma cancer. If you are worried or the mole itches, burns or oozes and bleeds then a dermatologist can determine what type of mole it is. In some cases, it will be excised under local anaesthetic. A sample of the mole will be sent away for analysis