What is atypical mole syndrome?

Can an atypical mole turn into cancer?

Some atypical (as well as common) moles can change into melanoma, but most atypical moles will never change to cancer. In fact, melanoma is more likely to develop as a new, unusual spot on normal skin, unrelated to moles. For this reason, having moles removed will not prevent melanoma.

Should I be worried about an atypical mole?

Yes. An atypical mole that is itching, painful, swelling, crusting or oozing should be checked immediately by a dermatologist or other physician experienced with skin disorders.

Do atypical moles go away?

Atypical moles also vary in color, ranging from tan to dark brown shades on a pink background. They have irregular borders that may include notches. They may fade into surrounding skin and include a flat portion level with the skin.

What is the difference between an atypical mole and melanoma?

An atypical mole, also sometimes called a dysplastic nevus, is a benign but unusual-looking mole that can look a lot like a melanoma. It’s important to be aware of these moles, because they can turn into melanomas. Atypical moles carry some of the same mutations found in melanomas, but significantly fewer.

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.

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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.

How long does it take for a mole to turn into melanoma?

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.