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Moles

Moles are common skin lesions. They are known as melanocytic nevi. By definition, they are abnormal collections of normal skin pigment cells (melanocytes).

Most moles are benign throughout the course of one’s life, but it is important to recognize that there are atypical-appearing or Dysplastic Moles (Nevi) and to recognize that in some cases a malignant melanoma may arise within previously normal-looking moles.

Dysplastic nevi are a fairly common type of mole and are hereditary. They generally do not itch, burn or become painful and are characterized by any one of a number of irregular clinical features and an irregular appearance under the microscope.

These moles do not all develop into malignant melanomas, but some may carry a higher risk. Sun exposure can lead to development of new moles or changes in existing moles, and may increase the risk of malignant melanoma. Regular inspection of moles is the best way to become aware of a potential problem.

Moles Treatments
  • Regular skin examinations by a dermatologist or dermatology-trained nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant are highly recommended.
  • Dermoscopy (examination of the mole with a special magnifying lens) can help identify the differences between a regular mole, a dysplastic mole and melanoma.
  • Removal and Microscopic Examination of moles is sometimes necessary to make final determinations.
  • Mole mapping may be recommended to more accurately monitor changes in moles and aid in the detection of new moles. Pictures of your moles are stored in a secure database, and are used to compare and document changes in the moles over time.
  • Self Examination on a regular basis increases familiarization with existing moles and helps to identify changes. Notify your dermatologist if you notice a change in the size, shape, or color of any moles.

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