Differences between cancerous mole and benign Mole
To differentiate a benign mole from a cancerous mole, you should look out for the following 9 signs.
To differentiate a benign mole from a cancerous mole, you should look out for the following signs.
If you closely observe a cancerous mole, you will notice that it does not have a symmetrical border. If you draw an imaginary line through the middle of the lesion, the two halves appear different. It looks different from round to oval and symmetrical common mole.
A cancerous mole doesn’t have a smooth or even border compared to a common mole. A mole that tends to have scalloped or notched edges need to be distinguished as cancerous.
A cancerous mole may have different shades: black, brown, or tan. As it grows, the colors may change to red, white, or blue. A mole of several shades or that has faded or darkened should be checked by a doctor. On the contrary, a benign mole will have a single brown shade.
If you notice any mole larger than a pencil eraser or darker than other moles, it could be cancerous.
A mole that is evolving, i.e., shrinking, growing larger and changing color, should be checked by a doctor. Besides, bleeding, itching, or crusting of the mole may indicate a cancerous mole. A cancerous mole may often grow in size or change in height rapidly.
- Pain, bleeding, or itching
If you notice pain, itching, bleeding and ulceration that doesn’t resolve in a week, see a doctor.
Assess the mole for any broken, jabbed, scaly, or scraped surface. Also, monitor if your mole is
- Hard or lumpy
- Elevated with a central depression
If yes, it could indicate a cancerous growth.
Check out for any mole that is distinct from other moles on the body. Any mole that stands out from the rest is an ugly duckling and should be examined further. Perhaps the ugly duckling may be bigger or smaller than the rest.
A healthy mole should heal quickly; if it doesn’t heal within three weeks, it could indicate skin cancer. The skin sore that heals and then comes back, or if a swab develops and doesn’t heal within few days, it may indicate a cancerous mole.