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Why would doctors excise an atypical nevus?

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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Prevention

Atypical nevi have a higher propensity to become cancerous.
If it is excised that chance is eliminated. Sometimes we excise them to treat and diagnose at the same time. Sending the excised lesion to a pathologist for exam will tell us exactly what it is.

In brief: Prevention

Atypical nevi have a higher propensity to become cancerous.
If it is excised that chance is eliminated. Sometimes we excise them to treat and diagnose at the same time. Sending the excised lesion to a pathologist for exam will tell us exactly what it is.
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Dr. Stephen Daquino
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cancer risk

Anytime a mole (nevus) looks a bit strange or atypical, it raises the possibility that it might be cancerous.
The safe course of action is generally to exceise it and have it analyzed by a pathologist.

In brief: Cancer risk

Anytime a mole (nevus) looks a bit strange or atypical, it raises the possibility that it might be cancerous.
The safe course of action is generally to exceise it and have it analyzed by a pathologist.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Robert Lim
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Lim
Dr. Robert Lim
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