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What should I know about using sunscreen if I have a congenital mole?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Although everyone should wear sunscreen to help protect against skin cancer, using sunscreen is especially important if you have a type of congenital mole known as a giant nevus. (Nevus means mole.) These moles measure 8 inches or more in diameter. People who are born with a giant congenital nevus have an increased risk for a type of skin cancer called melanoma. If you have a giant congenital nevus, have it evaluated by a dermatologist.

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