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A 42-year-old member asked:

Why would doctors excise an atypical nevus?

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Dr. Robert Lim
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Atypical nevus: We take out an atypical nevus, because it is showing signs of possible malignancy, and needs to be verified. These signs involve irregularity of shape, mosaic of colors, lack of symmetry, rapid growth.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Cancer risk: Anytime a mole (nevus) looks a bit strange or atypical, it raises the possibility that it might be cancerous. The safe course of action is generally to exceise it and have it analyzed by a pathologist.
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 22 years experience
Prevention: Atypical nevi have a higher propensity to become cancerous. If it is excised that chance is eliminated. Sometimes we excise them to treat and diagnose at the same time. Sending the excised lesion to a pathologist for exam will tell us exactly what it is.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Why would doctors remove an atypical nevus?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Reduce cancer risk: Skin cancers like melanoma are totally curable when they are caught early enough. Changes in moles signal a possible start of skin cancer. If the doctor is not sure..Or if he/she is sure..The best policy is to remove the mole. After it is looked at by the pathologist, it can be determined if it is cancerous..Which may require a new surgery or not cancerous in which case it is now gone.

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