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why would doctors remove an atypical nevus?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 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 30 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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What causes moles?

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Pigment cells: It is a collection of melanocyctes or pigment cells that were microscopically present since birth and grew to a visible size.
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How to remove leukonychia (thewhite marks onyourfingernails)?

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Benign neglect.: Often times the easiest way is to simply allow the nail to grow out. The white marks are the fingernails version of bruising, and will grow out on their own.
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Should I have my infected nails removed?

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Why do some people have darker moles than others?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Hereditary: Generally, one with darker skin type (has ability to make a lot of pigment), will tend to produce moles that make more pigment. One who has very light complexion will less likely develop very dark moles. Regardless, i always encourage routine self exams as instructed in the following link: http://www.Aad.Org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection/about-skin-self-exams/how-to-examine-your-skin.
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Is there anything that can be done to lighten moles?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Yes...but...: Moles (nevi) are proliferation of pigment producing cells. In some cases, a mole can transform into malignant melanoma. We monitor this transformation thru changes in its pigmentation. Moles can indeed be lightened with lasers. However, in doing so, we will have removed the very indicator that we use to monitor them. For that reason, many doctors will opt not to remove pigment alone from moles.

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