What Are Red Moles?

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A red mole does not refer to an animal, but to a skin condition. They are similar to regular moles (the brown kind) in size and shape, but they do require a small degree of alarm because sometimes they are a sign of skin cancer. Red moles might not be dangerous, but you should know what kind you have before you write it off as a mere blemish.

Identification

If you have a small red dot anywhere on your skin that looks like a combination of a pimple and a large freckle, there's a good chance that you have a red mole. They can appear anywhere on the body, but there is a better chance that they will appear on a spot that has had more direct contact with sunlight (e.g., arms, face).

Size

A red mole is a little bit larger than a freckle. They're usually about six millimeters around, and are barely raised above the skin. If the size fluctuates upon exposure to the sun, this could be a sign of skin cancer.

Cancer

Not all red moles are cancerous, but some of them are signs of melanoma. You can tell if your red mole is dangerous if it changes size or shape, especially when it is exposed to the sun for a period of time. If your red mole never changes its shape or size, you can probably just ignore it as long as it doesn't bother you.

Effects

If it isn't cancerous, a red mole's effects are about the same as that of any other mole on the skin. It doesn't itch or burn. The appearance of a red mole is not physically attractive though, and could effect self-esteem. They look more like big pimples than beauty marks.

If a red mole is cancerous, the effect could lead to melanoma or death (if not detected early and dealt with quickly).

Prevention/Solution

Red moles can appear on any part of the body, but the chance of their development is greater if you expose your skin to the sun regularly. There is not a surefire method of prevention, but avoiding excessive amounts of sunlight and UV rays will help.

Getting rid of red moles depends on whether or not they are cancerous. If you begin to see red moles on your skin that fluctuate in shape and size (especially when in contact with sunlight), go to a dermatologist immediately. The best chance when fighting cancer is to attack it early.

If your red mole doesn't appear to be cancerous, simply ignore it. It might go away after a few months or years, or you might just have a red spot on your skin (but it won't be dangerous). If you really want to remove a non-cancerous red mole, you can get surgery to have it removed or you can use a medicated mole-removal formula like Nevi No More (results vary).

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