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What should I know about an atypical mole?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you think you may have an atypical mole, have it examined by a doctor. Atypical moles are often harmless. However, in some cases, having one or more atypical moles may increase a person's risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer. An atypical mole is usually tan or brown, has an irregular shape, and measures up to half an inch in diameter. Be sure to see a doctor if you think you have an atypical mole or any other unexplained skin growth.

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