If you have any atypical-looking mole, go to your doctor.

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See an atypical mole on your body? Don't ignore it

November 01, 2018 - 4:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Atypical moles are unusual looking moles. When they are noncancerous, the medical term for these moles is dysplastic nevi. 

A study has found that although these moles are not cancerous, people who have atypical moles are at an increased risk of developing melanoma somewhere else in the body. It sounds complicated and this is one of those studies that's great for physicians and not for the general public.  

Here is what is important for the average person who sees an unusual mole on their body. 

Think about it.

If you have any atypical-looking mole, go to your doctor to make certain if it is a malignant melanoma or not. If it turns out to be benign, a dysplastic nevus, make certain that you continue regular skin checks due to potential risks.