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Is it normal just get a birthmark or mole on the labia major?

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Dr. Ellen Turner
Dermatology 21 years experience
Yes.: Moles can occur on any part of our skin as they are simply a population of closely congregating melanocytes. You actually have melanocytes everywhere you have skin. However, the reason you can't see them as a brown mole is that you only have about 1 melanocyte cell for every 10-15 keratinocyte cells. With moles, you have a bunch of melanocytes clustering together to give the appearance of a mole.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Yes but watch: Certainly moles or pgimented lesions can occur anywhere on the body. However, it is key to keep an eye on the size and shape of these lesions with the acronym: abcd whcih stands for asymmetry, border characteristics (irregular), color variation (more than 2 present), and diameter (greater than 6mm).
Dr. Arthur Desrosiers
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
No: If you have a mole or birthmark on the labia my recommendation is to have evaluation by a doctor to make sure it isn't cancer. If it is benign then you don't need to worry.

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