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What happens to moles over time?

Moles are so common that they sometimes tend to be considered normal. For this reason, it's possible to live with a number of moles without any problems. However, they can cause embarrassment or irritation if they are large, raised and hairy, or appear in noticeable areas. Some people choose to have moles removed for cosmetic reasons, or if cancer is suspected. Although it's quite rare for a mole to develop into a melanoma, when it does occur the outcome is usually good if diagnosis and treatment occur early.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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