How Many Moles You Have

What Causes Moles?

Moles can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose moles, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "moles" as a symptom.  For example, melanoma.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
light eye color
very many irregular dark moles
black/brown fingernails
melanoma in family members
dark lines under nails
melanoma
history of melanoma
minor mouth sores
bleeding/enlarging/tender moles
light hair
lighter/paler skin color
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of moles.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about how many moles you have:
How many normal (common) moles do you have? Normal moles have a uniform light tan/brown color and are almost perfectly round.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ 10 or fewer
→ Between 10 and 50
→ Between 50 and 100
→ More than 100
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either having many common moles or having very many common moles, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Melanoma.  A person who has more than 50 common moles has a higher risk of developing melanoma and should check their skin regularly to look for abnormal changes.
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