Moles are spots on the skin where pigmented cells have clustered together. They often appear as light to dark brown spots on the skin. They can be flat or raised. They are benign (harmless) in most people.
Dysplastic nevi are atypical (not typical) moles. They can turn into a type of skin cancer called
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