The Skiny on Moles
Understanding moles: Types, risks and how to keep your skin safe
A Toronto-based dermatologist says Canadians should be making self-examinations a habit.
By Karla Renic
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Those who spent much of the summer months under the sun may find new or changing moles that can sometimes cause concern.
While most moles are harmless, some have the potential to become cancerous.
As summer winds down, dermatologist and leader of Toronto’s DLK on Avenue Dr. Lisa Kellett tells Yahoo Canada that Canadians should be making self-examinations a habit.
Read on for everything to know about these skin anomalies, how to self-examine them and when removal might be necessary.
What are moles and skin tags?
Moles, known medically as nevi, are pigmented lesions that can vary greatly in appearance and type.
Kellett explained moles are usually pre-programmed from birth and come in a multitude of forms. Some are present from birth while others develop over time due to various factors, including sun exposure.