You cannot prevent moles from appearing, but you can monitor their evolution and thus avoid a malignant type of melanoma or skin cancer. To begin with, you must take into account the fact that typical or normal moles appear gradually until the age of 20, maximum 25, an average number stopping at around 40 years. Moles or nevi can anyway appear after this age too, but those are acquired moles presenting a higher risk of becoming atypical, meaning to suffer changes in time.

The simplest and most comfortable atypical mole prevention method is an own body check-up in your own home. One must generally be aware of the mole location on one’s own body and check them on a periodical basis in order to be able to analyze them and notice the eventual changes that they may undergo – the Renew Skin & Health Clinic skin specialists claim it is ideal and recommended to do it once every month, especially if there were other cases of melanoma within the family. Thus, the alterations that may indicate melanoma can be detected in due time.

You must also check the areas which aren’t exposed to sunlight to such a high extent including the scalp, armpits, legs (soles, toes and the areas between the toes), palms and nails, the genital areas and, with women, the skin beneath the breasts. You should also analyze your back, even if it’s rather difficult to do, as people presenting a great number of dysplastic nevi are prone to a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma. Besides all these, an annual check-up with a dermatologist is highly indicated and recommended for the prevention of complications, while for those already presenting atypical moles on their bodies, these medical examinations should occur twice or three times a year.

For the detection and prevention of melanoma or other types of skin cancer, the American Cancer Society’s ABCDE rules are to be applied. Hence, if there are asymmetrical halves of the nevi, changes in color and diameter, itches and pus, it is mandatory for you to see a specialist or dermatologist.

Besides the recommended periodical check-ups, you can also prevent atypical and cancerous moles from appearing by avoiding a prolonged sun exposure during peak hours (between 11 am and 4 pm) when the UV radiations are the most intense. However, if you are exposed during this period, and not only, you should apply a >15 SPF sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours, especially if swimming or performing physically challenging activities. Regarding clothing, you can also protect your skin by wearing wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts and other clothes made of fabrics that block the UV radiations.

If you have any doubts regarding mole and cancerous complications prevention, confidently address to Renew Skin & Health Clinic and one of our specialists will clear with you any detail concerning these skin problems during a complimentary consultation.