Benign vs Malignant Moles: What to Look for

Dr. Paul M. Graham

All “moles” are not created equal. Melanoma is the leading cause of skin cancers deaths worldwide. For this reason, it is very important that individuals worldwide know how to recognize abnormal moles. I hope this simple diagram serves to increase awareness on what features to look for.

“An estimated 76,380 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016. An estimated 10,130 people will die of melanoma in 2016. Melanoma accounts for less than 1% of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun.”


It is highly recommend to see your dermatologist every year for a full-body skin exam. For those of you who have already had skin cancer, 6 month full-body exams are recommended. Be smart, check your skin routinely and it may save your life!

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Published by Dr. Paul M. Graham

Paul M. Graham, D.O. (Founder/Editor-in-chief) founded Dimensional Dermatology in May 2016 with the vision to provide concise, easy to read, up-to-date dermatology and aesthetic medicine information to patients, medical staff, providers, and the general public. Dr. Graham is currently completing his training as a cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellow in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the McDaniel Laser and Cosmetic Center. He completed his dermatology training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and was a clinical instructor at Michigan State University. He received his B.S. degree as Summa Cum Laude at Old Dominion University, his D.O. degree as Cum Laude at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his internship at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida as chief intern, and completed his dermatology residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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