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How common is a Spitz nevus?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A Spitz nevus is an unusual type of mole that looks similar to melanoma but isn't. Most Spitz nevi occur in a person's first 20 years of life. While these moles may develop in adults, they are more common in children and adolescents.

A Spitz nevus is often is pink and somewhat dome-shaped. A Spitz nevus also can also be other colors such as red, black, and brown. If you have any odd or irregular moles or moles that change in appearance, talk to your doctor or dermatologist right away.

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