Dwight and his mole - the one on his cheek not the mole at his back.Hehehe.
Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups.
Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.
Philippine folklore gives meaning to a mole depending on the part of the body it appears. A mole in the forehead means that the person is intelligent. A mole somewhere in the cheek where tears fall means the person will have a miserable life. A person with a mole somewhere in the lips is said to be a rumor-monger. A person with a mole in the sole of the foot is destined to be a traveller. And a person with a mole in his genitals, well, I’m sure you have catch my drift right now.
It’s up to you whether you should believe this or not, but it will be helpful if you would examine your moles regularly. Most moles are not dangerous. The only moles that are of medical concern are those that look different than other existing moles or those that first appear after age 20.
When examining your moles, keep in mind the following ABCDEs:
•Asymmetry. One half of the mole does not match the other half.
•Border. The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular.
•Color. The color of the mole is not the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
•Diameter. The diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
•Elevation. A portion of the mole appears elevated, or raised from the skin.
If a mole displays any of the signs listed above, have it checked immediately by a dermatologist. It could be cancerous.
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer. The most common location for melanoma in men is the back and in women, it is the lower leg. Melanoma is the most common cancer in women ages 25 to 29.