Moles (Nevi)

A benign mole (also known as a nevus) is a type of skin lesion that is benign. They are usually skin colored, pink, tan, or light to dark brown in color and can be raised or flat. Most people have several benign moles on their skin. They can appear any time in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood. Benign moles are usually not harmful, but they can be removed for cosmetic reasons or if they are causing irritation or are in a place that makes them susceptible to injury. If you have a mole that changes in size, shape, or color, it is important to have it evaluated by a dermatologist to rule out the possibility of it being a dysplastic mole or melanoma.

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