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Moles & Skin Tags

June 15, 2010ICLS0Tags: Categories: Face, Home

Sheetal Sapra MD, FRCPC, Dermatologist

It is essential for everyone to receive routine checkups by a family Doctor or a Dermatologist to check for any suspicious moles, though most moles are benign, (non-cancerous) over time with exposure to the sun and the elements they can evolve into a cancerous lesion. Remember skin cancer is the most preventable and treatable type of cancer there is if detected early.

It is critical to practice good sun safety by applying a SPF 30 or higher on a daily basis to aid in the prevention of skin cancer, and to use the ABCDE rule when examining moles at home.


A – Shape of one half of area is different from the other.

B – Borders or edges are irregular or ragged.

C – Color is not uniform, variation of white, brown, black, grey and red.

D – Diameter size is bigger than 6 millimeters, about the size of a quarter.

E – Evolution of the area is present, change in size, color, and shape. Symptoms such as itching tenderness, and bleeding are present.

Skin tags are small non-cancerous growths of skin that usually appear where skin rubs. These small growths pose no threat, and most appear smooth and flat but some appear as flaps of skin.

Should you discover a suspicious mole, please feel free to have a referral faxed over to our clinic (fax 905-842-3625) and we will make an appointment time for you right away. If however, you wish to have them removed for cosmetic/aesthetic reasons they can be safely excised by a medical professional without the need for referral. Moles are commonly removed using the shave technique under a local anesthetic; no sutures are needed as aluminum chloride is applied to the area to prevent any bleeding. Smaller skin tags respond better to liquid nitrogen (freezing the surrounding tissue) or cauterization, (burning the surrounding tissue) with the aid of topical freezing to minimize any pain and discomfort.

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