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Moles and Non-Malignant Cluster of Skin Colored Cells

Moles, in medical terminology are recognized medically as nevi. Moles are clustering of skin colored cells that give the impression of tiny dark brown spots, usually much darker than the skin. Moles can appear in a variety of skin hued colors and may grow almost anyplace on the body. Most moles are benign and painless. However in some uncommon events, moles may get malignant. Keeping a tab on moles and similar such pigmented spots are crucial in discovering skin cancer, particularly malignant melanoma. It is not necessary that malignant melanomas arise from existing moles, but the dangerous skin condition is usually seen developing near a mole or similar such dark pigmented areas on the skin.

Most healthy people have anywhere from 10 to 30 moles on their body, and these can occur virtually anywhere. New moles are also likely to grow in middle age in adults and because moles last close to 50 years it is likely that these moles which existed during birth may fade off. There may be times when moles tend to change their appearance or become darker or lighter depending upon the phase one goes through. Pregnant women, teens going through adolescence and hormonal changes can trigger a difference in the size and color of the mole. There is reason for concern if the change in moles includes painful sensation, severe itching of burning, and sudden oozing of fluids or bleeding, change in texture becoming more scaly and crusty or an abrupt difference in elevation and color or shape of the mole.

There is no specific treatment for moles that appear at birth. To improve cosmetic appearance individuals may go in mole removal. One of them is to shave it off. A doctor usually numbs the area around the mole and uses a small sharp instrument to cut it off. He then cuts around and beneath the area of the mole. This is used for moles that are smaller in size and don't usually need surgery. Another form of removal is known as the punch biopsy. In this the doctor uses a small device like a punch machine and remove the mole by making a punch hole right on it. For larger moles, sometimes doctors go in for excision surgery. Here the doctor removes the mole and the surrounding skin to ensure that the skin doesn't get infected with the remnants of the mole. Suture may be used to cover the wound and for faster healing.