Brie Tuttle is a physician assistant at Little Falls Hospital. When it comes to skin care, she knows what to look for. Tuttle says, "Usually, if a mole has been a part of you your entire life and it has had no changes in size or color then you don't need to be concerned. The ones that you notice that are new and or had some changes might need to be checked out."
A.B.C.D.E.'s are the guidelines used to determine if moles in question are of concern. What do those first letters of the alphabet stand for in terms of your health?
A is for "asymmetry." If one side of the mole or legion has different side than the other, it could be a concern.
B is for "border." A smooth boarder that doesn't have smudged appearance its likely o.k.
C is for "color." Usually if the mole is one color you are in the clear. Medical professions say to pay extra care to moles that are black and brown together or if you've noticed a change that is also important to tell your doctor
D is for "diameter." "Usually, we say if it is something larger than a pencil eraser than it is something that should be evaluated, and if it has changed in size or it is getting larger or anything like that, that's important," says Tuttle.
E is for "elevation." If a mole is elevated, or if you notice a change in the elevation of the mole it might be something to check out.
Professionals say that sun exposure is a huge factor when it comes to skin care problems. Even in the winter you should still protect your skin with sunscreen. Health professionals say it is a lot easier to remove a small mole than waiting several years to remove it, as a mole gets larger. At Little Falls Hospital when they do remove a mole, they always send it off for testing to ensure they have the correct diagnosis.