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What causes an atypical mole?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
People seem to inherit a tendency toward developing atypical moles from their parents. Although spending time in the sun may increase the risk of developing atypical moles, atypical moles can appear on parts of the body that are usually hidden from the sun, such as the buttocks. An atypical mole may be tan or brown, and has an irregular shape. If you think you have an atypical mole, see your family doctor or a dermatologist.

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