Moles are very common. They are also referred to as nevi if there is more than one and nevus when referring to one mole. Moles come from the cells called melanocytes that are in the epidermis. Most of the time, moles are benign, however they do have the potential to turn into a skin cancer called melanoma.
One guideline to determine whether a mole is worrisome for possible melanoma is to see if it fits into the ABCDE parameters. If you ever are not sure whether your mole is normal or not, please see your dermatologist for evaluation. Here is a summary of what the ABCDE’s represent.
If you have any change in your mole, seek an appointment with your dermatologist immediately. Knowing what your moles normally look like and recognizing when they change could save your life.