Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses bleeding moles with ScarySymptoms.com
While most skin irregularities are harmless, you can never be too careful when it comes to a bleeding mole. In a recent article with ScarySymptoms.com called “Does A Bleeding Mole Always Mean Cancer?” Dr. Schlessinger shares some important information about how to keep skin safe in the long-run.
A bleeding mole should be evaluated, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
If you are experiencing a bleeding mole, there’s a good chance that it is simply irritated, “especially if it was in the way of scratching,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Still, a mole that bleeds persistently requires a dermatologist’s care. “…if you continue to have bleeding, [the mole] should definitely be evaluated, as a dermatologist can remove the mole and keep it from happening in the future.”
A routine evaluation is also a good opportunity to determine if a mole is cancerous or at risk for developing cancer. Even if a bleeding mole appears normal, your physician will likely opt to perform a biopsy on it once it is removed just to be certain that it is benign.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how skin cancer can cause bleeding.
A bleeding mole or skin irregularity is a leading symptom of all types of skin cancer, including the deadliest form, melanoma. “[Moles] bleed due to fragile skin that occurs when the normal pattern of skin regeneration and protection is disrupted by cancer,” Dr. Schlessinger states.
Though melanoma isn’t typically detected in small moles, it is impossible to tell whether a mole is good or bad based on size alone, or on any other physical attributes. Aside from limiting sun exposure, early detection is the single best preventative measure for skin cancer. Scheduling routine checkups with your dermatologist is key to keeping skin healthy.
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