Large skin moles can indicate cancer: doctors


TAIPEI — People with large and irregular skin moles are advised to show them to physicians as moles could be indicators of skin cancer, a local doctor advised.

People usually try to get rid of moles because of beauty issues, especially before the Lunar New Year when everyone wants to look their best, said Lau Kwok-wai, a doctor at Shu-tien Clinic’s cosmetic surgery department.

However, they should be aware of the medical implication of moles, he said, citing the case of one of his patients whose mole turned out to be cancerous.

The 63-year-old female had had a rough, elevated and growing mole on her upper lip for years before she came to the clinic to have it removed, Lau said.

She was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a common type of skin cancer, he said.

He advised people to examine their moles using the ABCD guide — Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color change, and a Diameter greater than 6mm— and see a doctor rather than ignore what could be a sign of cancer.