There are many different types of moles, all of which have different causes and properties. Some are inherited genetically, others develop as a result of exposure to UV rays. They can be flat against the skin, yet some are raised and noticeable.
For most moles of the skin, we have no reason for any clinical concern; even though you may find them unsightly. If they are regular in outline and colour and not changing they are more than likely stable. But signs to be aware of include: size >1cm in diameter; irregular outline (if you draw a line through a mole each 1/2 should be a mirror image of the other); uneven pigmentation or more than one colour; new bleeding or itching. A change in a mole is DEFINITELY a reason for clinical review.
We can review your moles and also record pictures of them with your consent. This allows high definition review by our clinicians when you feel the need e.g. suspecting change or periodically e.g. yearly.
Moles that are thought to be cancerous should be referred to an appropriate consultant within 2 weeks. This is standard practice. We can refer you to a private consultant for appropriate assessment.