Moles may come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. The appearance of a red mole is no less likely to be cancerous than any other mole. However, since the appearance of a mole is the first sign of skin cancer, it is imperative to have any suspicious mole examined by a dermatologist. Whether it is a red mole, or a brown raised bump, you should have it thoroughly examined to dispel any fears that you may have.

The dermatologist will perform a biopsy on the red mole and send the sample to the lab for testing. The lab will determine if it is malignant (cancerous) or benign (non cancerous). After receiving the results, you will be able to decide upon a further course of action. If it is cancerous, you will most likely not need to undergo Chemotherapy. Removing the mole treats most cases of skin cancer. If the mole has reached deep into the layers of the skin, radiation (X-ray) therapy may be needed to destroy the red mole at the roots.

There are various methods used to remove skin cancer moles. These include laser surgery, Cryotherapy, and Excision. Laser surgery takes a small beam of a laser and inserts it at the base of the mole to kill it. It is not always a preferred method but it does have its place and purpose in dermatology. Some people don’t prefer laser surgery due to the fact that it may be harder to treat the base of the red mole.

Removing a red mole

Cryotherapy is often looked to as a good choice for mole removal. Cryotherapy, or freezing, uses a substance such as Liquid Nitrogen or Sodium Nitride to freeze the mole. This is a highly effective treatment that has been in operation for over forty years. If you decide upon this method, you should ask your dermatologist about how many treatments you might need. Sometimes it is necessary to have more that one session of Cryotherapy for maximum results.

Red mole, Wounded

Red mole, Wounded—Furryscaly (Flickr.com)

It is important to realize that insurance will cover the cost of red mole removal if it appears that the mole is cancerous. However, if you would like the mole to be removed purely for cosmetic reasons, the procedure will most likely not be covered by insurance. If payment will be a factor for you, then you should discuss financial options with your dermatologist during your consultation. Many times, dermatologists will have a payment arrangement plan that they can offer you.

It is critical to never underestimate the power of the Ultra Violet rays of the sun and to make sure that you are properly covered when in the sun. Using sun protection, wearing protective clothing, and keeping body parts shielded from the sun are valuable tools that can go a long way in the fight against skin cancer. Fair skinned people, and those who have had frequent sunburns should make a note to consistently examine moles for changes in appearance, size, and shape. If you notice a strange red mole then see your dermatologist at once.