the meaning of moles

Did you know that your legs are the most likely areas of your body to develop malignant melanomas, the deadlier form of skin cancer? While men’s backs are most vulnerable, for women it’s the legs – exposed more often (presumably) in skirts and shorts.

Moles on your legs have astrological and Chinese symbolism as well. In feng shui if you’ve got one on your knee it means you will need to work extremely hard to succeed in life; on upper and mid thighs, you are either extremely happy and loaded (this is, apparently a very reliable indicator of prosperity), or have a nice disposition and treat everyone with respect. Further down the legs, moles on your calves can indicate that you are not very ambitious and those on your ankles signify a person who is rather heartless. Find one on the bridge of your foot, meanwhile, and you will find that your love life will not run smoothly, or – if it’s red – you are far too flirtatious to get stuck in a monogamous relationship.

How do you know if a mole is cancerous?

Back to reality. The vast majority of moles are not cancerous. Having said that you should be vigilant, checking regularly for any changes in colour, size or shape of moles, and see your GP if you are unsure or worried. This checklist is a guide for features to watch for:

  • Asymmetry – one half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • Border – the border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred or irregular.
  • Colour – the colour of the mole is not the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white or red.
  • Diameter – the diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
  • Evolution – the mole is changing in size, shape or color.

USEFUL CONTACTS

British Association of Dermatologists

The Mole Clinic

Skin Health UK