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Rocking the Beauty Mark – Cautiously

Actress Eva Mendes' beauty mark is part of her trademark look. But some moles can pose serious health risks.

Actress Eva Mendes’ beauty mark is part of her trademark look. But some moles can pose serious health risks.

Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, Eva Mendes – all are famously gorgeous women who successfully rocked the beauty mark, also known as the mole. As it turns out, most of us have at least a few of them somewhere on our bodies. Fortunately, most of these typically brownish, raised spots are of the common type and are completely harmless. But others can be a red flag, warn physicians with New Jersey’s Metropolitan Dermatology.

Some moles, even those you were born with, can be an indication that you’re at a heightened risk for developing skin cancer. Others, particularly those that form later in life, may already be cancerous. So, it’s critical that anyone who has a mole knows the warning signs and risks.

Topping the list of mole related health concerns is melanoma. Despite accounting for less than two percent of skin cancer patients, melanoma causes the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Estimates from the American Cancer Society hold that upward of 76,100 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed in 2014, and the disease will kill 9,710 patients. Melanoma is among the most common cancers in young adults, particularly women who are younger than 30 and spend lots of time in the sun.

If you notice a new mole forming or changes in an existing mole, you’ll want to get it checked by a skin cancer specialist as soon as possible. Among the warning signs are:

  • Moles with multiple colors
  • Moles with irregular shape or edges
  • Moles that suddenly change in appearance (size, shape or color)
  • Moles that become itchy or painful or begin to ooze

As with any potential cancer threat, early detection and treatment is critical. Don’t wait. If you have a new or changing mole, schedule an appointment at your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology office in Clark, Kearny or Teaneck, New Jersey.

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1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South Plainfield, NJ location servicing Plainfield and Edison.

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ

469 Morris Ave. Ste 2
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Elizabeth, NJ location servicing Elizabeth, Linden, Roselle Park and Hillside.

622 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Kenilworth, NJ location servicing Springfield Township, Union, and Mountainside.