Mole (Nevus): Typical & Atypical
Moles are growths on the skin that are usually pink, brown, or black. While they appear on all skin colors, people with light skin are more likely to develop more moles. They are formed by clusters of pigmented cells called melanocytes. Moles typically appear during the first 30 years of life, can be flat or raised, and can darken with sun exposure, puberty, or pregnancy. Generally moles are harmless. New moles or changes in an existing mole may signal something more serious, such as melanoma. You should perform regular self-examination of your moles to watch for change. If you are worried about a mole on your body, click HERE to learn the ABCDEs of melanoma. Also, schedule a skin check with a dermatologist to evaluate your moles and discuss your skin cancer risk.
If you see a mole or other spot that’s growing, itching, bleeding, or changing shape or color, immediately make an appointment to see a dermatologist.