WHATCHOUT FOR SKIN CANCER
A common mole is a growth on the skin that develops when pigment cells (melanocytes) grow in clusters. Most adults have between 10 and 40 common moles . It is usually tan, or brown and has a distinct edge.
People who have more than 50 common moles have a greater chance than others of developing a dangerous type of skin cancer known as melanoma a type of skin cancer that is potentially dangerous . A dysplastic nevus is an unusual mole and people who have many dysplastic nevi have a greater chance than others of developing melanoma. But most of the common moles and dysplastic nevi do not turn into melanoma.
If the color, size, shape, or height of a mole changes or if it starts to itch, bleed, or ooze, people should consult their doctor. People should also tell their doctor if they see a new mole that doesn’t look like their other moles.
One should keep a Watch and Track for changing moles
Anyone can get skin cancer. It's more common among people with a light (fair) skin tone, but skin cancer can affect anyone. It doesn't matter whether you consider your skin light, dark, or somewhere in between.
Sun-exposure is the most preventable risk factor for the development of skin cancers including melanoma. Also, the sun isn't the only cause of skin cancer. There are other causes. That's why skin cancer may be found in places on the body never exposed to the sun.
Everyone should protect their skin from the sun.
India enjoys a low incidence of melanoma which could be due to under-reporting of melanoma on account of a low index of suspicion by clinicians and pathologists alike.
We draw the attention of the reader for the regular skin checks because of the reluctance to ‘think’ about its existence; compounded by a variant morphology that evades diagnosis.