Plenty of people have moles and not all moles are necessarily cause for concern. Sometimes, it can be hard to decipher which need attention and which are harmless, and that is why mole checks are important. However, there are certain types of moles you should never ignore, and if you see moles with these characteristics on your body, you should go see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
When it comes to moles, you can follow the ABCDE rule when he comes to signs of melanoma. This stands for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving. "A typical mole — or one that is not something that needs to be removed to evaluate for cancer — is a solid single color, has a crisp border, is small in size, and looks like other moles on the skin," Dr. Richard Torbeck, board-certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC, tells Bustle. "Of the ABCDEs, we tend to hold the highest regard for E, which is why we recommend self skin exams."
To monitor your moles, check them every six months by taking a spin in a full length mirror. Watch for drastic changes in a short period of time, and if you see a change, contact a dermatologist. Since some types of moles are more likely to be cancerous than others, experts say you'll want to make sure you never ignore these six types.