Dr. Geller has extensive experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and precancerous lesions.
He screens patients from their head to their toes to identify any moles or growths that might be of concern. He looks for any nevi, which are lesions such as birthmarks or beauty spots, which show atypical features. These might be raised or flat, dark or with mottled pigment, or with uneven or blurred borders. In most cases, they are benign, but they are evaluated against five main criteria–the ABCDEs (see below) – to determine whether further action is required.
The number of moles can also have a direct bearing on how innocuous they are, as can your family history. If after scrutiny there is a possibility that a mole could be dangerous, Dr. Geller will recommend a simple skin biopsy. This can usually be done during your visit, so that your wait for a diagnosis is kept to a minimum. The procedure usually only requires an injection of local anesthetic.
The alphabet of diagnosing skin moles
When examining skin moles, Dermatologists check for the ABCDEs of pigmented lesions. These are:
Asymmetry–does the mole have an uneven shape or texture?
Border–whether the edges are ragged or have altered.
Color–is the mole one color, or does it have patches or spots that are lighter or darker? Is it very dark?
Diameter–how big is it?
Evolving–whether the mole has grown or changed in some way.
Don’t ignore your Skin Moles.