Does a mole cause cancer? Does a mole cause cancer?

Does a mole cause cancer?

Does a mole cause cancer?

Dr. Sona Isakova, a medical oncologist, answered the question whether injury to a mole can lead to the development of cancer.

In an interview with the newspaper "Izvestia", the expert points out that the common belief that repeated injury to a mole may lead to the development of cancer is a misconception. Because there is no medical evidence yet in this regard. However, the condition of moles should always be monitored.

She says: “When you notice any changes in the mole, you should consult a dermatologist, who will carefully study the mole using a dermatoscope - a device that allows the skin to be examined using a specific light and a specific degree of magnification.”

The expert points out that skin cancer sometimes looks like a mole. Therefore, it is recommended to self-monitor the condition of the moles periodically and contact the doctor when you notice any change in their color or shape, or if they become multi-colored or begin to expand rapidly, or if their borders become uneven, or if nodules appear on them.

She says: “To reduce the risk of a mole developing into a malignant tumor, it is necessary to use sunscreen year-round, as well as avoid exposure to a tanning bed. It is recommended to avoid direct sunlight in the summer from 10 am to 4 pm, because the effect of ultraviolet rays during this period It is more aggressive, and the mole can be removed only for cosmetic reasons. The exception is giant moles that occupy more than 5 percent of the body area, as the risk of their development into skin cancer can reach 20 percent, and also if the dermatologist discovers suspicious signs during the examination that may It indicates cancer.

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