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Paying Attention to Atypical Moles

Jun 1, 2016

Skin cancer treatment standards in Arlington Heights dictate that adults see a dermatologist at least once per year for screenings. Checking in with your dermatologist is important regardless of your skin type, but it is particularly essential if you have any new or atypical moles.

As your dermatologist will tell you, atypical moles are sometimes benign. While slightly strange looking moles are usually harmless, moles that begin to change appearance or suddenly appear may indicate melanoma. If you do have atypical moles, you are also at an increased risk of developing a single melanoma or multiple melanomas. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about one of every ten Americans has atypical moles. Atypical moles are usually larger than normal, and may have edges that appear ragged. Atypical moles may also be significantly darker in color than other moles. They can range in color from a light tan to dark brown. Just like warts, atypical moles are usually removed for cosmetic and health reasons.

If you have moles that have suddenly appeared or changed in color or shape, contact Arlington Dermatology right away. You can reach a dermatologist in our office by calling [company-phone id=1].

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