What should I do if I have moles?

If you have moles, it is good to know where they are, how big they are and what they look like. Any concerning-looking moles should be looked at by a doctor. Concerning signs include the following:

  • asymmetry (if you draw a line through the middle of a mole the two halves should match; if not, it's asymmetrical)
  • uneven borders
  • one mole with multiple colors
  • large moles
  • moles that change over time

Keep an eye on your moles. If you notice changes, have a doctor examine them.

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