It is important to know what your moles look like. While moles are harmless, sometimes skin cancer develops near or in a mole. If you know where you have moles and what your moles look like, it can help you find skin cancer early. When found early and treated, skin cancer has a high cure rate.
Moles can differ in size, shape, or color. Moles can have hair. Some moles will change slowly over time, possible even disappearing.
When talking to your dermatologist about your moles, you may hear the term nevus. Nevus is the medical term for mole. When your dermatologist talks about two or more moles, you may hear nevi.