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What is an atypical mole?

Atypical moles are moles that have irregular shape, color, are large, or shaped oddly. Moles of concern should be shown to a doctor. If the doctor is also concerned he or she may remove a part or all of the mole and send it to a laboratory to be checked under a microscope.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
An atypical mole is a small growth on the skin. Atypical moles usually are tan or brown, and no more than a half inch in diameter. Unlike common moles, which tend to be round, atypical moles have irregular shapes. Some people may have just one atypical mole, while other people have many. Atypical moles are often harmless. Some, however, may become cancerous, so be sure to see a doctor if you think you have an atypical mole.

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