Do we need to worry about it? Let’s find out.
Difference Between Buhay na Nunal and Common Mole
A common mole is usually a 5-millimeter round or oval-shaped dot that has a smooth surface and a defined edge. Common moles grow from the waist up, on parts of the skin that are always exposed to the sun, and are rarely found on the buttocks, breasts, and scalp.
The common moles appear in different colors like pink, tan, or brown. People with darker skin tone tend to have darker moles than those with fair skin.
On the other hand, buhay na nunal or atypical mole (dysplastic nevi) is a type of mole that is quite bigger (6mm) than a common mole. Its surface can be smooth or pebbly in texture.
When compared to a common mole, an atypical mole has irregular borders that blur into the skin and appear in a mixture of colors (pinkish-brownish mole). Atypical moles are often found on areas that are always exposed to the sun, like the back.
An atypical mole can grow anywhere on the body, even in areas like the scalp, breasts, buttocks, and other parts from the waist down.
Most common and atypical moles are benign. However, atypical moles have a greater chance to develop into a type of skin cancer known as malignant melanoma.
What Changes to Worry About?
Normally, buhay na nunal is present in 1 out of 10 people.
If you’re part of these statistics, then it is recommended by doctors for you to check your mole regularly. This is to see if there are changes that might be a warning sign of melanoma.
You should worry about your atypical mole when: