Is there an ideal time of year to have your moles checked?

If you notice any changes in the moles on your body,it’s definitely worth getting a skin check. Moles that appear darker or look different from the rest should never be ignored, so it’s best to visit a skin clinic if moles appear suspicious.  But is there an ideal time of the year to have your moles checked.

Moles
Moles are darks spots on the skin that develop because of the clustering of skin cells known as melanocytes. Melanocytes are responsible for making melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. Moles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Common colors include black, red, tan, and brown.

Why it’s important to get your moles checked
Most moles on the skin are harmless, but there are times when a lesion may be a sign of skin cancer. You can assist with early detection by performing regular self-checks.  If you notice any changes in the appearance of existing moles, or if any new ones appear, visit a skin clinic right away.

Is there an ideal time of year to have moles checked?
Some doctors recommend getting moles checked during the winter, because it’s the time of the year when the skin ismostly covered up and often neglected. People are a lot more diligent about sun protection during the summer months, and are alsomore likely to notice any new moles or lesions since the skin is on show. A winter skin check is therefore a good idea, because skin lesions that occur due to sun damage in the summer often take a while to show.

If you need to have a skin check done contact Skin Cancer Specialists, P. C. & Aesthetic Center, serving the greater Atlanta metro area. Call today to set up a consultation.