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A 32-year-old male asked:

what are the risk factors for moles?

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Dr. Kirk Churukian
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Easy as ABCDE...: Risk factors for malignancy include... Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color varigations, Diameter (bigger IS NOT better), and Evolving size or irregularity of border/color. Additionally, more than 100 moles on you body puts you at increased risk.
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
General Surgery 31 years experience
Sun Exposure: Sun exposure is a common risk factor .

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A 34-year-old female asked:

What causes (normal) moles to be raised vs. flat moles?

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Moles: Some have thicker base and are raised. Depends on the genes turned on in the mole. Show to your Dr.

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