31 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read
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Moles are growths on the skin that can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups and are usually brown or black. These can occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes and make the pigment that gives skin its natural colour.
Moles in children are common and might darken after exposure to the sun and during the teen years. As your child grows, the moles will naturally get bigger and they might develop melanoma, a type of skin cancer which is rare. If diagnosed early, it is treatable. Here are some of the signs to check your child’s mole.
It is advisable to consult a dermatologist as he/she will examine the mole on the child’s skin that is growing or changing quickly.
If you see a raised, round growth on the skin that is red, tan, pink, or brown and has a jagged border or different colours, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist.
A mole that looks like an open sore can also be a cause of concern as bleeding or a break in the mole can be a sign of melanoma.
Therefore, if your child has been developing too many moles, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist.
Usually, children with these types of moles are born with them.
A dermatologist will do a biopsy by cutting or shaving out the entire spot for evaluating it under a microscope. If the mole is found to be cancerous, the dermatologist will cut out the area of the skin, stitch the wound to close it and proceed accordingly.
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