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How common is a congenital mole?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Roughly one child in 100 is born with a congenital mole. Like common moles, a congenital mole may appear as a small tan or brown skin growth, although some congenital moles have a bluish-gray color. In some cases, congenital moles may be large, measuring over 8 inches in diameter. These growths are called giant congenital nevi (nevi means moles). Be sure to have a dermatologist examine a child's congenital mole.

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