Many people refer to a mole as any dark spot or irregularity in the skin. Some people are born with moles while other moles appear over time. The most common types of moles are skin tags, raised moles and flat moles. A family history of moles known as dysplastic (atypical), can be associated with a higher frequency of skin cancer so diligence in monitoring mole changes on yourself is critical.
Moles can be removed surgically by excision (cutting) or cauterization (a tool used to burn away the mole) depending on the depth of the mole and the desired cosmetic outcome.
To learn more, visit the American Academy of Dermatology.
Teresa Wrobbel, MD, evaluates moles on a patient?s forearm at the Medical Skin Care Center of Buffalo Clinic.