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Can an atypical mole be a symptom of another condition?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Atypical moles can be an early warning sign that a person is at increased risk of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. An atypical mole is a growth on the skin that is usually between a quarter inch and a half inch in diameter. Unlike typical moles, which are usually round, atypical moles have uneven edges. Your risk for skin cancer is higher if you have many atypical moles, and if you have close family members who have had melanoma. Be sure to see a dermatologist if you have any suspicious growths on your skin.

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