What are moles? Thousands of us each have a mole or two, they are not at all uncommon. The majority of moles are brown in colour although they can also be flesh coloured or of a blue, or black shade. The colour of a mole is due to the the body’s melanin within our cells. Many moles are present from birth however many occur in the stages of birth to around 20 years of age, they are especially known to occur during puberty. Caused by an overproduction of melanin at first moles are flat usually later becoming raised, many moles do grow larger, some may even develop hairs on them. Moles are not something to worry yourself about however should you see such changes as the following please be sure do consult your doctor as the saying goes ”It’s better to be safe than sorry”, be sure to look out for: A change in the size, change in shape, change in colour, or a change in the surface appearance e.g: scaly, bleeding, weeping. Additionally if you experience itching, bleeding or pain seek medical advice. Although the majority of moles are completely harmless around one in a million succumb to cancerous change becoming a malignant melanoma, this is the least common however the most dangerous form of skin cancer. In the case of melanomas they can be surgically removed, this surgery however may require you to undergo radiotherapy or take cancer fighting drugs. Always be sure to check bodily mole’s frequently, simply to be on the safe side!