Dysplastic Nevus or Atypical Moles

Dysplastic Nevus Atypical Mole

A Dysplastic Nevus is an atypical mole. While a dysplastic nevus is usually harmless in itself, it can be a warning sign that the person who has it is at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

Because anyone can have them, it is important to have all your moles checked by someone medically trained in the field of dermatology.

How To Identify an Atypical Mole

Moles can change over time and it is important to bring these changes to the attention of a medical professional trained in dermatology. This includes moles that change in color, texture, size or shape.

If there is bleeding or oozing from the mole, a scaly or rough texture, or irregular borders or coloring, or if a mole grows very suddenly, you should arrange for a skin examination immediately.

Having more than 50 moles or an atypical mole is an indicator of a higher risk for developing skin cancer. Make sure to get regular, annual mole checks if you fall into either or both of these categories.

Can a Dysplastic Nevus or Atypical Mole Turn Into Cancer?

Yes. In some cases, atypical moles can turned into cancerous growths, specifically melanoma. For this reason, it is best to have all moles examined, head to toe, at least yearly. In these full skin exams, a dermatology professional identifies moles that may be atypical. And since the only way to confirm a diagnosis is by biopsy, the provider will likely suggest removing these moles as a safety measure.

If you have or discover an odd-looking mole anywhere on your body, call the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale for a consultation and examination, (480) 596-1110.

Managing moles and Protecting Your Skin from Cancer

Most moles are present at birth or develop during the first decade of life.  But the atypical changes can occur at any time in life. This is another reason to be sure you have a yearly skin exam from a dermatology provider.

Regardless of how your moles may look on your skin, it is important to protect from the cancer-causing damage you can get from excessive sun exposure. Wear protective clothing, using SPF 30 sunscreen daily, and reapply sunscreen every 60 to 90 minutes when you are in the sun. Overall, do your best to avoid burning and tanning.

If you notice changes in a mole, an asymmetrical mole or an irritated, itchy, bloody or scaly mole, it should be examined by a professional immediately.

Skin Examinations

Atypical moles should be closely examined by a medical professional trained in dermatology. A medically-trained professional will conduct a full skin examination to help ensure that the skin is healthy and cancer-free.

To schedule a consultation for an atypical mole or general skin examination, call the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale at (480) 596-1110.