What should I know about a congenital mole?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A congenital mole is a skin growth that is present at birth. Congenital moles are often small and tan or brown, like common moles. In some cases, they may be bluish-gray. Congenital moles usually are harmless. However, having a large congenital mole -- known as a giant congenital nevus -- may increase a person's risk for skin cancer. Have a dermatologist examine a congenital mole or any other skin growth.

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