People who have lots of unusually shaped or large moles - known as atypical mole
syndrome - have a higher risk of melanoma than the general population," explains Mr Ghazavi.
The risk of an atypical mole
becoming a melanoma is estimated to be 1 in 200,000.
Some of the indications for using total-body photography include personal history of melanoma, family history of melanoma, atypical mole
syndrome, or multiple moles of different size, shape and color.
She cited the case of a 64-year-old patient who desired a p16 genetic test because of a personal history of melanoma and atypical mole
The mole on the left is a harmless atypical mole
that should be watched closely for change, whereas the mole on the right is cancerous.
and dermoscopy help us better evaluate atypical moles
to selectively determine which may need to be biopsied.
Primary care clinicians should be aware that fair-skinned men and women older than 65 years, patients with atypical moles
, or those with more than 50 moles are groups that are known to be at a substantially increased risk for melanoma.
Risk factors for melanoma include a positive family history of melanoma, prior melanoma, multiple clinically atypical moles
or dysplastic nevi, inherited genetic mutations, fair skin and sun exposure.
The number of atypical moles
was significantly related to increased risk (P = .
Friedman uses several tools to examine suspicious pigmented lesions in patients who have lots of atypical moles
or dysplastic nevi, or even a history of melanoma.
Our study examined how involving a partner affected detection attitudes and behaviors in a group of patients with melanoma or atypical moles
Symptoms may appear suddenly or start out as a brown spot or mole, so people should check for atypical moles