7 Facts About Cancerous Mole Removal

Cancerous Mole

Development of a mole is sometimes considered a pre-cancer sign, especially if the mole is changing. But this does not ensure that a mole is indeed a cancerous mole.

There are non-melanoma skin carcinomas like squamous-cell and basal cell carcinoma which are relatively benign or spread very slowing. Melanoma skin cancer is a serious type of skin carcinoma and usually starts as a cancerous mole on the back of the neck under the hair or on the face, arms or buttocks. This type of cancer usually spreads throughout the body very fast. Skin cancer on face can also be squamous-cell or basal-cell carcinoma.

Here are some of the facts you should be aware of about skin cancer removal treatments.

1. Doctors will perform a biopsy (taking a few cells from the mole) and determine if you have skin cancer and type of the cancer. If the mole is indeed cancerous, surgical procedures are often suggested.

2. For superficial squamous-cell non-melanoma, skin creams or medications such as imiquimod or 5 fluorouracil are often prescribed, according to MedLine.

3. Cosmetic mole removal techniques like the laser mole removal might be an option but is not a popular treatment for cancerous mole removal as the laser light does not go deep into the skin as surgical incisions.

4. Scars are associated with surgical mole removal methods, especially in the case of excision method which is performed on non-melanoma type cancer moles.

5. Immunotherapy along with radiation and surgery is sometimes might be necessary for treating melanoma. However, this treatment can be difficult to handle.

6. In case of melanoma, if the cancer has already spread to the lymph vessels and organs, it is often declared un-curable and treatment is then directed at shrinking the tumor and improving the symptoms.

7. Health insurance should usually cover the cost of the removal as cancerous mole removal methods are not cosmetic in nature.

All types of skin cancers are best prevented. Using a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection daily, avoiding too much sun (mid-day hours), consuming good nutrition for an increased immune system function, taking natural vitamin D supplements are some of the ways to prevent skin cancer. Many studies also establish a possible link between tanning beds and skin cancer. Hence, it is best to avoid artificial UV radiation exposure. There are many good no-sun tan lotions available that can give you a nice tan simultaneously acting as sunscreens.