MOLE checks AND SKIN CANCER diagnosis



Mole checks and skin cancer screening by Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo in Vienna 1030

Everybody should undergo periodic mole checks to early detect skin cancer, especially melanoma The typical mole is a brown spot. But moles come in different colors, shapes and sizes. Moles generally appear during childhood and adolescence and some of them may change in appearance or fade away over time. There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Skin cancer usually develops on sun-exposed areas of the skin (scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women). Skin cancer affects people of all skin colors.

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma can appear as a pearly bump, or as a flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion, or as a bleeding or scabbing sore that heals and returns. When diagnosed at its initial stage, it is cured with surgical excision or local treatment (such as cryotherapy, imiquimod).

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma can appear as a firm, red nodule or as a flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface. Squamous cell carcinoma is best treated with surgical excision.


In the initial stages melanoma can be difficult to distinguish from a normal mole. If you notice that any of your moles has recently changed shape, color, size, please see promptly a dermatologist. In more advanced stages melanoma can look as a lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, pink, white, blue or blue-black.


Dr. Sanlorenzo – Your Dermatologist in Vienna 1030 – responds to the most frequent questions on mole checks and skin cancer screening