Check Your Skin This Mole Awareness Month Feature With Advice From Dr Anjali Mahto
Moles are small coloured spots on the skin made up of cells called melanocytes, which produce the colour (pigment) in your skin. Moles change throughout our lives, but it’s important to keep track of these differences as, although most moles are harmless, some develop melanoma – an aggressive type of skin cancer. If skin cancer is detected early it is almost always curable.
“Everyone is at risk of skin cancer and should keep an eye on their moles and skin, but some people are more susceptible than others,” Dr. Anjali Mahto from Cadogan Clinic told Cover media. “Adults typically have around 10-40 moles on their body so it can sometimes be hard to keep track of the size, shape and development of the moles, but there are ways to determine how at risk you are and if you should book in to get a mole check.”