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What are the risk factors for an atypical mole?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You are more likely to develop an atypical mole if one or both of your parents had atypical moles. An atypical mole is a small growth on the skin that's usually tan or brown. Unlike common moles, which tend to be round, atypical moles have irregular shapes. These moles are usually no more than a half inch in diameter. If you think you may have one or more atypical moles, be sure to see a doctor for evaluation.

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