Moles are seen on every skin type and almost everyone has at least a few moles, but some have hundreds. The biggest concern for a mole is that it is cancerous (melanoma) or pre-cancerous (dysplastic or atypical). For this reason, Dr. Steele recommends all adults getting a skin exam at least once yearly. Dr. Steele is very thorough in her skin/mole exams to make sure that she sees everything that you may not and addresses any and everything that is new, concerning or about which you have questions.
Dr. Steele takes steps to make sure that you get the most complete exam and follow up possible. When one has many, many moles, we may take pictures of your moles so that we can use the pictures as a reference for future visits to monitor for changes. Also, Dr. Steele uses a dermatoscope, a specialized tool, to be able to examine moles for features that may suggest that it is atypical of even skin cancer. These steps distinguish Dr. Steele in her thoroughness in evaluating your skin and your moles.