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A 30-year-old member asked:

Why would doctors remove an atypical nevus?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
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.
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Facial Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Atypical Nevus: Atypical or dysplastic nevus has the ability to turn into a melanoma. The best way to minimize that risk is to surgically remove the whole nevus.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Why would doctors excise an atypical nevus?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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.
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