Moles are harmless growths of melanocytes, the cells that make pigment and give skin its color.
Moles may be present at birth, but often appear or grow during childhood and puberty. The two most important factors for developing moles are:
Moles are typically light to dark brown, round to oval, flat to dome-shaped growths on the skin. They usually have regular borders and colors. Moles often begin as small dark spots on the skin and grow larger and more raised throughout life.
Moles typically do not require any treatment, but they should be checked during routine skin examinations. Moles can be surgically removed, but this treatment will leave a scar.
Your dermatologist may take a biopsy of a mole to rule out a melanoma if it:
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