Moles, atypical lesions and other birthmarks are pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan, brown and black (moles) to red, pink or purple (vascular nevi, such as strawberry hemangiomas or port wine stains). Though most birthmarks are benign, they may develop into cancer.
If your skin exhibits one or more of the following warning signs, you should contact Laub Dermatology immediately:
- Unusual marks, bumps or growths on your skin
- A sore that has not healed in 3-4 weeks
- A wound that continually reopens or bleeds
- A growth that increases in size or appears translucent
- A mole with any of the following signs:
- Larger than a pencil eraser (about 6 mm)
- Rapidly changes in color, size or shape
- Has multiple colors
- Is located where it can’t be easily monitored, such as on the scalp
If you notice any warning signs of skin cancer or need to make a recommended yearly comprehensive skin exam appointment, please call us at (415) 381-6661.