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How is an atypical mole diagnosed?

A mole that is atypical is usually diagnosed by examining it at a doctor's office. A doctor may look at it with more light and/or a magnifying lens to view it more closely. If the mole is changing color, becoming larger quickly, has irregular borders, or is oddly shaped it may need to be monitored closely and sometimes a sample or whole lesion may need to be removed to check it more closely under a microscope.

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