Moles are spots on the skin where pigmented cells have clustered together. They typically appear as light to dark brown spots on the skin. They can be flat or raised. Most people have benign moles, which are harmless.
Dysplastic nevi are atypical moles. They can eventually turn into a type of skin cancer called
Are worried because a mole doesn’t look the same as others
Are over 30 years old and notice a new mole
Notice any of your moles show signs of being atypical
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may have a:
to test the skin for a cause such as cancer
Benign moles do not need to be treated. Surgery removes unsightly or irritated moles
Care for atypical moles includes watching it for changes or removing it. Atypical moles that are cancerous or suspected of being so can be removed. The mole tissue is examined under a microscope. You may need more surgery to
the rest of the mole and any healthy tissue around it.
To lower your chances of moles becoming atypical or cancerous:
Common moles, dysplastic nevi, and risk of melanoma. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/skin/moles-fact-sheet. Updated April 27, 2018. Accessed June 20, 2018.
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