People with moles should make appointments for screenings to ensure these normally benign skin growths do not turn into cancer. The providers at Glendale Dermatology, in Glendale, California, offer mole screening and removal services.
Everyone should self-screen to keep an eye on the health of their skin and any moles. However, it is beneficial to have an examination by a board-certified dermatologist who is trained to recognize abnormalities. Regular screenings are typically billable to insurance and can help to identify early stage skin cancer growths. Additionally, a professional skin and mole screening will also be able to check areas of the body which may be challenging to check without assistance. Early detection is an essential factor in successful skin cancer treatment as the disease is easier to remove and treat in its first stages.
Most adults have between 30 and 40 moles and most of them are not dangerous. It is important to check the skin and monitor moles for any changes. If you notice that you are developing new moles or if an existing mole changes color, height, shape, or size, you should have a dermatologist look at it. Moles that bleed, itch, or become tender are abnormal and potentially cancerous, so these clues should encourage you to book an appointment with you’re the dermatologists at Glendale Dermatology. The characteristics of cancerous skin growths are sometimes referred to as ABCDEs.
However, in children, these rules do not apply, and children with any rapidly changing or suspicious moles should be examined immediately.
There are a variety of methods used by dermatologists for mole removal. The most common method is excision, in which the skin is cleaned and a local anesthetic is administered by injection. Then the provider uses a small scalpel to scoop out the mole and some of the surrounding skin. If the incision is large, the provider may use a stitch to close the treatment area. Scarring is usually minimal, but complications relating to surgery must be kept in mind whenever surgical excision is chosen as the appropriate and desired treatment.
At Glendale Dermatology, we accept PPO plans of the following insurances. We do not accept any EPO plans, HMO, or Covered California plans at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We gladly accommodate patients without insurance who wish to pay out of pocket with discounted prices.
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