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Moles

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by Alan R

(Nevi)

 

Prevention

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.
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Dermatology
http://www.aad.org

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Dermatology Association
http://www.dermatology.ca

Dermatologists.ca
http://www.dermatologists.ca

 

References


Moles. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/moles. Accessed August 27, 2014.


Common Moles, Dysplastic Nevi, and Risk of Melanoma. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/moles. Updated November 2011. Accessed August 27, 2014.

 

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