Callender Dermatology and Cosmetic Center | Glenn Dale MD

Is Your Birthmark Dangerous?

Moles & Birthmarks | CallenderHaving a birthmark may have been something that you boasted about to all of your friends when you were in elementary school but as an adult, it may be something that you try to conceal. Depending on the size and location of your birthmark, it may be something that you’re more embarrassed of than anything. One thing to know about birthmarks is that even though the majority of them are harmless, there’ still a chance that they may develop into cancer at one point. So, what can you do to keep a closer eye on it?

 

Signs to Look For

When it comes to skin cancer, moles are usually more of a threat than birthmarks. However, because birthmarks either have more pigmentation or not enough pigmentation, it can make them more prone to getting sunburned which may increase the likelihood that they will turn into cancer. Birthmarks that exhibit any of the following signs should be checked by our office immediately:

  • Larger than six millimeters.
  • Itches or bleeds.
  • Rapidly changes in color, size or shape.
  • Has multiple colors.
  • Is located where it can’t be easily monitored, such as on the scalp

How to Remove It

If we are suspicious of your birthmark being cancerous or if you simply want to have it removed for cosmetic reasons, then the first thing that you should do is come into our office for a consultation. During your consultation, we will be able to determine what kind of treatment your birthmark is most likely to respond to. Treatments include:

If you are nervous about your birthmark and whether or not it is cancerous, or if you just want to have it removed for cosmetic purposes, contact us at our Glenn Dale office today at 301.249.0970.

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