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Valuable Information when considering care

Most people who have moles usually have more than one. They are so common that you might not give them much thought until they are causing you concern. Some individuals do not like the look of moles and want them removed. VitalLife has experienced dermatologists in Bangkok who can examine any moles you either do not want or find concerning.

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There are several types of skin moles that an individual can have. They include:

  • Acquired moles - These are moles that appear after birth.
  • Congenital moles - Also called a birthmark, this type of mole is there when you are born.
  • Atypical moles - An atypical mole is larger and asymmetrical compared to a normal mole.
  • Typical moles - A typical mole is circular and can either be elevated or flat.

Non-Cancerous vs Cancerous Moles

A mole can sometimes be painful, but this does not necessarily mean it is cancerous. There are several reasons your mole can be painful, such as:

  • Friction - With elevated or raised moles, there is a risk of injury. Jewelry and clothing can rub against the mole and cause irritation. If you accidentally catch a raised mole on a piece of clothing, this can also cause pain.
  • Ingrown hair - Moles with hair can become ingrown, which causes inflammation, redness, and irritation.
  • Pimple underneath - If a pimple forms underneath the mole, the oil, dead skin and bacteria will not be able to escape through the skin’s surface. There might be soreness and pain until the pimple goes away on its own.
  • Occasionally melanoma - Some melanomas can be characterized by soreness and pain, but this is rare.

The main cause of skin cancer is spending too much time in the sun unprotected. The sun’s UV rays damage the skin and can increase chances of cancer. Compared to basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Melanoma is more rare and dangerous as it is more likely to spread to surrounding tissues if not identified early. Symptoms and signs of melanoma can include:

  • New mole or growth on the skin
  • Asymmetry where one half of the mole does not match the other
  • A mole that has more than one shade/color
  • A size of greater than 6mm
  • Irregular borders
  • A mole that changes in shape, color, or size
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People with fair skin, freckles, and moles are more at risk of developing melanoma than others. You should always protect your skin to avoid getting cancerous moles. Everyone is recommended to use sunscreen, wear protective clothing and a hat when out in the sun in order to protect your skin. If you have any questions or concerns about one of your moles, visit VitalLife, your dermatologist center in Bangkok.

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VitalLife’s Dermatologist in Bangkok Offers Treatments for Moles

At VitalLife we have fotofinder. This technology maps your moles, stores the information and compares your ‘mole map’ to mapping that is completed in future visits assessing for changes and identifying moles that are of concern. Removal and testing of concerning moles are common practice to either rule out skin cancers or provide evidence that stricter follow up is necessary.

If you are concerned about a mole you have, call +66 2066 8899 to schedule an appointment with our dermatologist in Bangkok. At VitalLife, we want to help you.

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