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How is an atypical mole treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your dermatologist will determine the best course of treatment for an atypical mole. An atypical mole is a small growth on the skin. Unlike common moles, which are round, atypical moles have an irregular shape. In some cases, a dermatologist may decide that no treatment is needed for an atypical mole. In other cases, though, though, the doctor will opt to remove an atypical mole. To remove an atypical mole, a doctor will use either a scalpel or a special tool that "shaves" away the growth.
An atypical mole is treated with a skin biopsy during which the doctor removes the mole and then sends it to be examined under the microscope to determine if it is cancerous or not.

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