A mole, sometimes called a beauty mark, is a small dark spot on the skin. Moles range in color, size and shape. Mole colors are usually red, blue and most commonly brown, tan or black. There is no known cause for moles on the skin. The majority of moles occur on the skin within the first 20 years of a person’s life. Some babies have moles or a mole visible at birth. Most fair skinned people have at least a few moles. The darker the skin the fewer moles will there will be found.
Some famous celebrity’s have moles, some are even right on their faces. The first one you are probably thinking of is Cindy Crawford. She was very popular because of that mole right above her lip. There are other celebrities that have become popular because of moles. Some famous ones that you will recognize that have had moles are: Marilyn Monroe, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gwyneth Palthrow and many others.
For some reason the fans seem to like the celebrities with moles. Although many times the moles are covered with make-up. Moles usually are harmless, but sometimes they cause us concern. We have always been told if they change appearance to get them checked out, then possibly removed. Several celebrities have had their moles removed, because of health concerns or for cosmetic reasons.
Certain types of moles are often confused with melanoma a type of skin cancer. If you believe you have melanoma it is always best to have it checked by a physician. Remember your ABCD’s and sometimes E, a common pneumonic for checking up on your moles. The letters stand for A- asymmetry, B- border, C- color and D- diameter. And sometimes you need to check for E- Elevation. Keep an eye on your moles and check them periodicaly for changes in size, color and shape. Changes in your mole may indicate a developing melonoma.
If a mole is suspected of being a melonoma it will need to be removed. A dermatologist may remove the mole by biopsy, shaving, lazer, or surgery. Talk with your doctor about possible scars left after you have your mole removed. You and your doctor can decide which method for removal is best. Your doctor will probably warn you of the dangers of ultraviolet and sunlight. So please use sunscreen and don’t spend too much time out in the sun.
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