Moles are one of the most distinctive physical attributes that make us unique. They can be a good part of our identity, such as that signature beauty mark, or less favourable, like when they distract from our appearance, or worse, when melanoma arises.
Moles can be varied in their size, shape, colour and placement on our skin. Moles can appear pinkish or skin toned, various shades of brown and even black. Their shape can be round, oval and at times, odd. These unique marks can be denoted as beautiful or unpleasing depending on their location, shape and size. For the latter, mole removal is desirable for cosmetic reasons or in the case of a cancerous lesion, required for health reasons.
Moles can be congenital (present at birth) or appear over time as the result of sun exposure, which causes a proliferation of melanocytes (pigmented cells).