Summer starts tomorrow! And, if you’re like most Canadians, you’re thrilled that the warmest and sunniest season of them all is set to start. Summer, as we all know, is the season of playing outdoors, swimming, hiking and sunbathing. And while we’d never recommend the act of simply lying in direct sunlight (still a popular summer pastime), we recognize that all outdoor activities will entail sun exposure.
Do you have to be reminded that it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays?
The way we see it is that there can never be enough reminders. But here’s another one – be sure to include the daily application of sunscreen as part of your summertime festivities. With that said, it’s important to note that the more we expose our skin to the sun, the higher our chances are of developing moles.
Perhaps, “developing” isn’t quite the correct word. You see, we’re all born with moles. Each of us has between 10 and 40 moles on our bodies. They can appear just about anywhere and generally surface by the time we hit our twenties. However, sun exposure is a key culprit in helping moles become more visible. This is because they get darker. If you’re not particularly a fan of the appearance of moles, you’ll want to do your part in keeping your skin covered during the summer.
Are moles dangerous?
It’s important to note that the majority of moles are harmless. Nevertheless, many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. There are, however, moles that indicate the presence of melanoma – a deadly skin cancer. If you have any concerns about the moles that may become more apparent throughout the summer months, you should contact a dermatologist to have them checked out.
What should you look for when examining your moles?
Doctors advice using the ABCDE method when examining your moles: Asymmetry, Border, Colour, Diameter and Enlargement (or Evolution).
- A for asymmetry – Check to see if one half of the mole looks differently than the other.
- B for border – Check to see if the mole has uneven or poorly defined borders.
- C for colour – Does the mole have two or more different colours? While generally black or brown, moles may also exhibit shades of red, blue or white.
- D for diameter – How big is the mole? Is it larger than the size of a pencil eraser or approximately 6 millimetres across?
- E for enlargement/evolution – Is the mole changing size, shape and colour over time?
“Examine your skin regularly, looking for any new skin moles as well as changes in the moles you already have,” recommends Krisha McCoy on EverydayHealth.com, “If you have a family history of atypical moles or skin cancer, or a large number of moles or freckles, your primary doctor may suggest that you see a dermatologist for regular skin evaluations.”
What is the safest way to remove moles?
At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer a safe and effective treatment for mole removal. The VariLite laser is excellent for removing moles as well as skin tags, spider veins, small red blood vessels and other pigmented skin spots. It is heralded for providing excellent results with no bruising and virtually no down time.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email email@example.com.