What are Moles?

A mole (the scientific term is nevus, plural nevi) is a benign, noncancerous, growth of pigment cells ( AKA melanocytes).
Moles are extremely common and virtually every person has at least one mole (nevus). It is not clear why these benign collection of pigment cells develop, though some people are more prone than others to developing nevi. Risk factors that increase one’s tendency to developing moles include: Caucasian race, fair skin, family history, hormones, and sun exposure. African-Americans and Asians are more likely than Caucasians to develop moles on the palms, soles and nail beds (i.e. Acral nevi).


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

§Bolognia, Jorizzo and Rapini.  Dermatology. Second edition, chapter 112: Benign Melanocytic Neoplasms Dermnet NZ


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