A doctor examines a mole on a patient's back with a scope.
If you have moles on your body, it is important to monitor them for signs of melanoma (skin cancer). It is good practice to have a yearly visit to a dermatologist who can do a complete body mole check, especially for moles on your back or other hard-to-see areas to help you watch for any sign of changes that may indicate that a mole is becoming a cancerous.

About the condition

What are moles?

Generally round or oval in shape, moles are dark spots on the skin—usually brown or black—that are caused when the skin cells responsible for making your skin’s pigment (melanocytes) cluster into a group.

Some moles we’re born with (referred to as congenital nevi), while others appear as we age. Rarely do new moles appear after the age of 25. Typically, the moles we’re born with have a slightly lower chance of becoming cancerous than moles that appear later in life.

When should I see a dermatologist about moles?

Though most moles are not cancerous, moles tend to change as we age, and it becomes crucial to keep an eye on your moles to track any signs of change – including shape, size, and color, as some of these changes may indicate that a mole has become cancerous.

Moles that change in any way should be evaluated by your dermatologist. A dermatologist should also evaluate any moles that become painful, itchy, or look otherwise infected.


I saw Dr. Kokkonen for a skin spot. He did a biopsy at the same appointment. It was super-fast, way easier than I expected, and nearly painless. I’ve had mosquito bites that hurt more. I felt very comfortable working with him and will be seeing him annually for my skin checks.
– J.S.

Diagnosis and treatment options for moles

Here at Valley View Dermatology, our dermatologists will perform regular skin checks and examine your moles to see if there are any indications of potential cancer. You should also continue to monitor your skin every 3-4 months and inform your dermatologist if you notice any new growing or changing moles.

Your mole check visit

At our clinic, our expert dermatologists conduct thorough mole examinations to ensure your moles are non-cancerous. Should any mole exhibit suspicious characteristics, a biopsy will be performed for a more detailed analysis. Every patient receives a personalized treatment plan tailored to their needs. In the event a mole is determined to be cancerous, we offer a straightforward in-office procedure for its complete removal. Your skin’s health and peace of mind are our top priorities.

Schedule an appointment

Take the first step today: book an appointment at the clinic that’s convenient for you. We look forward to creating a personalized treatment plan that will get you on the road to clear, radiant skin.

Call 971-374-2150