Join Deena Centofanti and Dr. Laurie Kohen, a Henry Ford dermatologist, in a live chat room on Wednesday starting at 8:45 a.m. They'll discuss why people who have multiple moles are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
Henry Ford Hospital has opened a first-of-its-kind Pigmented Lesions Clinic in Michigan that specializes in treating patients with 50 to 100 moles or more who are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
Henry Ford dermatologists Laurie Kohen, M.D., and Adrienne Choksi, M.D., use specialized technology that can help distinguish cancerous from non-cancerous lesions. The clinic also offers digital monitoring of moles, total body photography and the most advanced therapies for treating skin cancer.
Most adults have between 10 and 40 common moles, which can be either flat or elevated. It's when a mole becomes asymmetrical, multi-colored or increases in size that it could be melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The incidence of melanoma increased 800 percent in young women and 400 percent in young men between 1970-2009, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and each year more new cases are diagnosed than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.