Many moles are often benign. If a mole is present from birth, it’s often referred to as a birthmark.Common skin growths, everyone has at least a few moles, and some people can have as many as 40. They can appear on any part of your body including the scalp, soles of your feet, and on the palms of your hands.
Moles appear when skin cells grow in a cluster rather than how they usually grow spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural colour. Moles maydarken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.
Moles range in colour and shape,they are typically medium to dark brown, but they can also be skin-coloured or dark black. Most moles are flat, relatively even in colouring and regular in size and shape. Some moles are raised, these are often soft to touch and lighter in colourtoo. Most moles range between a couple of mm to 1 cm in size and diameter.
Nowadays, we're forever being warned to look after our skin in order to avoid getting skin cancer, and that includes paying care and attention to the moles on our skin. But we don't all necessarily know what to look out for. What are the tell-tale signs which indicate that your mole has changed and may have the potential to become cancerous, and what do you need to know to reassure yourself they're perfectly normal?