Atypical Moles

  • also called atypical n(a)evus or dysplastic n(a)evus
  • is a benign growth that may share some of the clinical or microscopic features of melanoma, but is not a melanoma or any other form of cancer
  • however, the presence of atypical nevi (plural of nevus) may increase the risk of developing a melanoma, or be a marker for someone who is at risk of developing melanoma.
  • this increased risk varies from very small for those with a single atypical nevus to higher for those with many
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