What are moles?
Moles are small lesions in the skin known as melanocytes. Melanocytes are melanin-producing cells, melanin being the pigment that gives skin its color. Moles can be raised, flat, rough, and are typically round or oval with a smooth edge.
What causes moles?
- Some people are born with moles. Other moles appear over time.
- Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of moles and may even play a role in the development of atypical, or dysplastic, moles.
- The role of heredity cannot be under-emphasized. Many families have a type of mole known as dysplastic (atypical), which can be associated with a higher frequency of melanoma or skin cancer.
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