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When should I speak to my doctor about my congenital mole?

If you have a congenital mole, you should have your doctor look at it at every well visit to make sure there are no dangerous signs in the mole. Make an appointment to see your doctor if there are any changes, itching, bleeding or growing of the mole.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have a congenital mole, it's wise to have a complete skin examination by a dermatologist. When a child is born with a mole, doctors call it a congenital mole. About 1% of newborns have a congenital mole. Congenital moles are usually harmless. However, large congenital moles -- those measuring 8 inches or more in diameter -- are linked to an increased risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer. If a congenital mole, or any other spot on your skin, changes in appearance, bleeds, or itches, see a dermatologist promptly.

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