IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO VISIT THE DERMATOLOGIST IF
- a mole appears and is growing quickly
- a mole’s size, colour or appearance is changing, for example from brown to black, blueish or reddish, or if it begins bleeding
- a mole itches, is tender or feels like it stings
- the skin around a mole becomes red
The dermatologist examines the skin carefully and removes skin changes that appear suspicious under local anaesthetic. When necessary, a biopsy of a mole or area of skin is taken and sent to pathology for investigation. The response is available within 10–14 days.