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Moles are generally not much to worry about. In fact, the average young adult has anywhere from 10-30 benign (non-harmful) moles, on average. It’s also pretty rare for these moles to become cancerous.

However, there are instances in which you’ll want to remove some moles. So let’s take a look at why you’d want to remove moles, and which ones you can let be.

Changing colors

One of the signs most easy to spot that a mole needs to be looked at, and possibly removed, is if it changes color. Changing color is often a sign of some sort of disease, and if you don’t get it checked out by Dr. Ryan Burr you could be at risk.

You should also get your mole checked out if it becomes discolored, or two different colors.

Growth

Generally, benign moles won’t grow. Now, moles can grow quickly, so if you notice one growing rapidly on a particular area of your body, you should come into Kraig Jenson, PC, Dermatology Center as soon as possible to ensure that it doesn’t cause any lasting damage.

Shape change

The other very common indicator of a mole needing removal is if it changes shape. Jagged edges, or a rounded middle, are signs that a mole may be malignant, and this is a very good reason to call us at 801.224.5200 and schedule an appointment.

Not every mole needs to be removed. Unless it exhibits the above, or other worrisome symptoms, leaving them where they are is generally fine for your health. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to call us today.