Moles can be flat or raised

Always see a doctor if you notice any change in appearance


what are moles?

Moles are benign skin lesions that present as a raised, usually brownish lesion of the skin. They usually grow slowly, but sometimes grow quickly if they become inflamed.

Any changes in the appearance of a mole (for example becoming larger, or darker) will need urgent assessment to exclude skin cancer (malignant melanoma).





Moles are rarely painful or itchy. They can sometimes be traumatised resulting in bleeding.


The best way to treat moles is to surgically remove them. This reduces the chance of them coming back again. This can be done under local anaesthetic as an outpatient procedure. Scarring is minimised by siting the incision in the natural skin creases.

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