Are moles cancer?
Not necessarily. Some Atypical moles can be precancerous.
Do I need to get them checked regularly?
Everyone should check their skin regularly. Patient self examination with General Practitioner support is the best way to screen for skin cancer. If you are at high risk of skin cancer or have had a skin cancer treated previously then you should self examine yourself every 3 to 6 months. You should talk to your family doctor about what is best for you.
What is an atypical mole or a dysplastic naevus?
An atypical mole is unevenly pigmented and has irregular borders. It is difficult to differentiate from cancer. Generally it is my practice to biopsy all atypical moles. Some patients have a genetic form of atypical moles that present with more than one hundred moles.
Can I have a mole surgically removed?
If it is indicated then a mole can be surgically removed. Often it is removed under local anaesthetic in my office. However it can be done under a deeper anaesthetic if the patient prefers.