Everyone has moles, sometimes 40 or more. Most people think of a mole as a dark brown spot, but moles have a wide range of appearance. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. They are usually brown in color and can be various sizes and shapes. The brown color is caused by melanocytes, special cells that produce the pigment melanin. Moles may darken with exposure to the sun. During the teen years, with birth control pills and pregnancy, moles often get darker and larger, and new ones may appear.
Recent studies have shown that certain types of moles have a higher-than average risk of becoming cancerous. Some may develop into a form of skin cancer known as malignant melanoma. Sunburns may increase the risk of melanoma. People with many more moles than average (greater than 100) are also more at risk for melanoma.

The majority of moles and other blemishes are benign (not cancerous). They will never be a threat to the health of the person who has them. Spots or blemishes that warrant medical concern are those that do something out of the ordinary — those that act differently from other existing moles. This includes any spot that changes in size, shape, or color, or one that bleeds, itches, becomes painful, or first appears when a person is past 20.

Most moles cause no problems. But occasionally a mole may be unattractive, irritating, or changing. If you see any signs of change or want a mole removed for cosmetic reasons, consult your dermatologist.

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