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Atypical Mole

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about an atypical mole?

An atypical mole, or dysplastic nevus, is a mole that usually has an abnormal shape, size, or color. Atypical moles can develop on skin that is protected from the sun and skin that is exposed to sunlight. Your risk is increased if you have a family history of atypical moles. Most atypical moles do not develop into skin cancer. Your risk for skin cancer is higher if you have many atypical moles.

What are the signs and symptoms of an atypical mole?

How is an atypical mole diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your mole. Tell your provider if you have noticed any growth or changes to your mole. Your provider may ask about your and your family's medical history. You may also need any of the following:

What do I need to know about skin checks?

What can I do to protect my skin from sun damage?

Sun damage can lead to skin cancer. The following are ways to protect your skin:

Prevent Sun Damage

When should I call my doctor?

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