Although most people are very familiar with moles, not everyone fully understands that they can have similar appearance with the cancerous mole. The link between cancer and mole is unclear. However, it is important to know how to identify cancerous moles, and the difference between normal mole and cancerous mole.
In the general perception, moles are harmless skin growths resulting from a high concentration of natural skin pigment. They never cause any problem and simply remain a benign aspect of a person’s skin. But in some people, a mole may indicate skin cancer, which can be known as cancerous mole.
Mole and Cancerous Mole – What’s the Difference?
Skin cancer and moles are the subject of heated debate. Some people argue that moles in the palm of the hand and soles of the feet may be cancerous. Other people suggest that removing the mole hair can make it cancerous. In some occasions, some people say that you tend to get cancer when stimulation is applied on the mole area.
However, the fact is that it is unlikely that you will get cancer just by actual stimulation the mole area. There is no evidence that shows that mole is a type of skin cancer in the first place and can develop a cancer skin.
Recent studies show that moles can develop tumors when it contains nevus cells, which are known as a type of cell that produces melanin pigment. This type of mole can be congenital or grows for some reason to begin a tumor. Now, the mole cells are considered cancerous or malignant, which is the melanin-producing cells (melanocyte) characterized by uncontrolled or progressive growth.
How to Distinguish “Cancerous Mole” from Benign Mole
The best way to identify exactly whether the dark pigmented spot in your skin is a mole or a cancer is by looking at its regularity. It is important to know that cancer cell, by its nature grows uncontrollably and irregularly. In fact, cancerous mole can appear symmetry in the structure and shape of normal moles. This is a complete difference from normal moles.
However, it is easy tonotice such symptoms as a bumpy and uneven color, and increasing size of the pigmented spot because it can be an indication of cancer. In condition, a hair growing in the dark pigmented spot is a solid proof that it is not a cancer. It is only a benign mole. This is mainly because a cancerous mole or cancer destroys the skin pores and prevents hair from growing.
It is important to learn about the different types of skin moles, and notice some moles especially melanocyte cells, in order to evaluate whether one may be cancerous moles.
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Review Date: March 10, 2017 | Last Modified: March 10, 2017
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