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Can a congenital mole be a symptom of another condition?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some types of congenital moles may indicate that a person is at increased risk for skin cancer. About 1% of infants are born with congenital moles. A congenital mole may be tan or brown, like a common mole, or it may be bluish-gray color. A large congenital mole -- known as a giant congenital nevus-- is one that measures at least 8 inches in diameter. Having a giant congenital nevus appears to increase a person's risk of developing melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. If you or your child has a giant congenital nevus, have it examined and monitored by a physician.

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