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Symptoms of Moles
Most people have some benign moles that appear at birth, childhood, or adolescence.
Benign moles, which can appear anywhere on the body, are usually:
- Dark brown, but can also be yellow-brown or flesh tone
- One color
- Round or oval with distinct edges
- Flat and smooth, but may occasionally become raised, rough, grow hair, or change color over time
Signs that a mole may be atypical include:
- Sudden change in size, color, shape, texture, or sensation
- Large size (¼ inch or more across, about the size of an eraser at the end of a pencil)
- Many melanomas are smaller than this size.
- A mixture of colors, often including black
- Irregular edges
- Abnormal surface that is:
- Open with a sore that won't heal
- Hard and raised lump
- Itchy, tender, or painful
- Abnormally colored skin around it
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