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Does a Spitz nevus affect children or infants?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Spitz nevus can affect children or infants. Most cases appear in a person's first 20 years of life. The appearance of a Spitz nevus can be alarming because the mole looks similar to melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer. Especially with an infant or child, see your doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible for a medical examination.

Any areas of your skin that raise a red flag for skin cancer need to be examined and watched carefully for any changes in shape or size. If you have any questions about a mole or Spitz nevus on your child or infant, ask your child's doctor.

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