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by Alan R




To help prevent benign moles from becoming atypical and possibly cancerous:
To detect atypical or cancerous moles early:
  • Monitor your moles, especially atypical ones.
  • Report any changes in a mole to your doctor.
  • Have your doctor check and monitor atypical moles on a regular basis. Have moles checked more often if you have:
    • A large number of moles
    • A family or personal history of atypical moles or melanoma
Have moles removed if your doctor recommends it.


American Academy of Dermatology

American Cancer Society



Canadian Dermatology Association



Moles. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: Accessed August 27, 2014.

Common Moles, Dysplastic Nevi, and Risk of Melanoma. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: Updated November 2011. Accessed August 27, 2014.


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