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I have 100's dysplastic nevi moles. Many are severely atypical. Do we have to keep taking them off or is there another way to see if they are cancer. ?

I have 100's dysplastic nevi moles. Many are severely atypical. Do we have to keep taking them off or is there another way to see if they are cancer.
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Only way: They have high incidence of malignency ( melanoma ) you may have dysplastic nevi syndrom, most likely some one in the familty have it al;so . Melanoma is curable if excised early, abcd s of detection are asymerty, borders, color, diameter, and evalution by your dermatologist ( or surgeon ). ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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I have dysplastic nevi syndrome..so how do I know when to see derm..if all of my new moles are out of the ordinary anyway??

I have dysplastic nevi syndrome..so how do I know when to see derm..if all of my new moles are out of the ordinary anyway??

Dysplastic nevi: Good questions, but to be answered by the dermatologist who sees you. Generally, you should be examined every 6 months, and photos may be taken; however some pts require exams every 3 months. ...Read more

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Does this mole look like a dysplastic nevi, or something concerning that should be looked at by a dermatologist? Thank you!

Does this mole look like a dysplastic nevi, or something concerning that should be looked at by a dermatologist?  Thank you!

Yes: Any mole that looks different from other moles on your face or body is suspicious. Irregular borders, irregular pigmentation, recent change in appearance, rapid growth, are all warning signs of a potential problem. Consultation with a dermatologist is indicated for any of the above signs. ...Read more

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How early should children ages 10-15 see a dermatologist, is that too young? I have dysplastic nevi syndrome and two of my kids have many moles.

How early should children ages 10-15 see a dermatologist, is that too young? I have dysplastic nevi syndrome and two of my kids have many moles.

FAMMM: Your condition is also called familial atypical multiple mole- melanoma. Screening for melanoma in fammm kindreds should begin at age 10 with a baseline total body skin examination including scalp, eyes, oral mucosa, genital area, and nail, as family members may develop melanoma in their early teens. ...Read more

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I have dysplastic nevi syndrome, i had 2 very similar moles shave biopsied. How is it that one came back as a sun spot , one needed reexcision was mod?

I have dysplastic nevi syndrome, i had 2 very similar moles shave biopsied. How is it that one came back as a sun spot , one needed reexcision was mod?

Microscopic exam: Is different. A sun spot or solar lentigo shows the basal layer of skin cells having increased amount of pigment within them. A nevus is a proliferation of melanocytes (the cells that make pigment). Most dermatologists re-excise for moderate dysplasia or above to be sure not to miss any cells that could transform into melanoma (if they believe in the dysplastic nevus/melanoma sequence). ...Read more

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I used a needle and picked at a black mole, i think it's dysplastic nevi. Will this lead to skin cancer?

I used a needle and picked at a black mole, i think it's dysplastic nevi. Will this lead to skin cancer?

No: It is either cancer or not. Picking at it can make it inflamed, but not change it into cancer. Chronic irritation is not good, but a one time event is fine. If you think it's dysplastic then see a dermatologist to have it removed. Dysplastic nevi can become malignant over time. ...Read more

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Can a person have pain on the bottom of the foot if you have a "funny looking" mole on the side. Dermatologist said it's a dysplastic nevi.

See a dermatologist: If you are truly concerned about it and you feel that it is actually the dysplastic nevi causing the pain and nothing else then i recommend seeing a dermatologist so they can discuss treatment options. In the mean time make sure that you wear plenty of sunscreen and keep the dysplastic nevi out of the sun. ...Read more

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What causes dysplastic nevi syndrome?

It is a familial: condition, but a lot is still not understood about transfer in families. Patients with this syndrome are at higher risk for abnormal moles and melanoma. So regular checks with dermatology is imperative ...Read more

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I was wondering are severely dysplastic nevi cancerous?

Yes: They are potentially precancerous and should be followed with regular examination and biopsy as necessary. ...Read more

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