How can atypical moles be prevented?

How do you get rid of atypical moles?

Atypical moles should be removed when they have features suggestive of malignant transformation. Elliptical excision is the preferred removal technique. Removing all atypical moles is neither necessary nor cost effective.

Why do I have so many atypical moles?

Also called dysplastic moles, atypical moles may be genetic or caused by damage from sun exposure. About 1 in 10 people develop atypical moles during their lifetime. These moles are not cancerous, and need not be removed if they are not changing.

Can I prevent more moles from developing?

Sun avoidance and sun protection, including the regular use of sunscreen may help to suppress the appearance of some types of moles and freckles. Moles occur in all races (Caucasian, Asian, African, and Indian) and skin colors.

How do you prevent cancerous moles?

Limit your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays

  1. Seek shade. Simply staying in the shade is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure.
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  3. Avoid using tanning beds and sunlamps. Many people believe the UV rays of tanning beds are harmless. …
  4. Protect children from the sun. …
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Can atypical moles change over time?

Atypical moles are very similar to melanoma: both are asymmetrical, multicolored, have an irregular border, and can grow over time.

Can you have melanoma for years and not know?

How long can you have melanoma and not know it? It depends on the type of melanoma. For example, nodular melanoma grows rapidly over a matter of weeks, while a radial melanoma can slowly spread over the span of a decade. Like a cavity, a melanoma may grow for years before producing any significant symptoms.

Should dysplastic nevus be removed?

Dysplastic nevi can be classified as mild, moderate or severe. Mild is closer to benign, while moderate to severe is closer to melanoma. When diagnosed, most dermatologists will recommend that severe dysplastic nevi be removed as a precaution.

How can you tell the difference between atypical moles and melanoma?

Atypical moles are often larger than other nevi (> 6 mm diameter) and primarily round (unlike many melanomas) but with indistinct borders and mild asymmetry. In contrast, melanomas have greater irregularity of color and may have areas that are red, blue, whitish, or depigmented with a scarred appearance.

How long does melanoma take to spread?

Melanoma can grow very quickly. It can become life-threatening in as little as 6 weeks and, if untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma can appear on skin not normally exposed to the sun. Nodular melanoma is a highly dangerous form of melanoma that looks different from common melanomas.

What does atypical mole mean?

(ay-TIH-pih-kul mole) A type of mole that looks different from a common mole. Several different types of moles are called atypical. Atypical moles are often larger than common moles and have regular or ragged or blurred borders that are not easy to see.

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Can you develop new moles in your 30s?

Moles can develop at any age. However, it is more common to develop moles as a child. If you notice a new mole as an adult, you should get it examined by a dermatologist to rule out melanoma. Being out in the sun can increase the number of moles that arise, especially on sun-exposed skin.