Medical Q&As

Facial moles

My mother has 2 moles on her face that she was thinking of having removed. I don't know if they've been tested for malignancy but if they are benign should she still have them removed. She heard from someone that interfering with benign moles is not a good idea and that they should be left alone. Can you please advise?

If there is any doubt about the benign or malignant nature of the mole it should be medically assessed. Such cases are usually dealt with by performing an excision biopsy. This means that the entire mole is removed and the tissue is examined in the laboratory to establish if it is benign or malignant. If there is no doubt that the mole is benign it can be safely removed. Some GPs with an interest in minor surgery can provide this service at the office. There is no risk of triggering a malignancy by such surgery.