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What are possible complications of a congenital mole?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Small congenital moles are usually harmless and don't lead to complications, though some may cause cosmetic problems or be uncomfortable. Large congenital moles -- 8 inches or wider in diameter -- are linked to an increased risk for melanoma, a form of skin cancer. The degree to which a large congenital mole increases a person's risk for melanoma is a matter of debate. If you or anyone in your family has a congenital mole, have it examined by a dermatologist.

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