Most of us recognize the small, dark skin spots known as moles. These clusters of pigment-producing cells can occur anywhere on the body, and many people barely notice them. In some cases, this harmless spot can develop into a cancerous mole. If this happens, you may see some warning signs that can alert you to seek treatment early.
What are Cancerous Moles?
Most people have at least a few moles. These pigmented spots develop from clusters of melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin in the skin. In most cases, they cause no harm, but in some cases, they can start to grow abnormally and become cancerous.
Cancer of these melanin-producing cells is called melanoma, the most invasive type of skin cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment can stop melanoma from spreading. You should recognize the signs of an abnormal mole so you can have it treated as soon as possible.