According to the National Cancer Institute, about one out of every 10 people has at least one unusual mole. Moles are classified as:
Dysplastic moles are moles that appear atypical when compared to other moles on the body. Dysplastic moles also tend to be found on other family members. Compared to the general population, people with this type of mole have an increased risk for developing melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer.
Melanoma can develop near or inside a mole. Using the "ABCDE" acronym can help detect a suspicious mole:
Removing moles is necessary if skin cancer is suspected or if a patient finds the mole unattractive. Our providers are well trained in removing these lesions, either by shave excision or full thickness excision. Once the mole has been removed, a biopsy is sent to determine if it is cancerous.
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