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Moles (Nevi) are spots often elevated above the surface of the skin. They can vary in color from light tan to dark black. They come in lots of shapes and sizes anywhere on the face and body. Everyone has moles - they are probably determined before a person is born.

The life cycle of the average mole is about 50 years. Each mole has its own growth pattern. Initially, moles are flat and tan, brown or black. Over time, they may enlarge, become raised, become lighter in color, and/or develop hairs. On the other hand, some moles never change. Some will slowly disappear.

Most moles cause few problems. However, some moles are at higher risk of becoming cancerous. If a mole changes, grows or bleeds, see a doctor.

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