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Moles Causes & Risks


Moles develop from pigment-producing cells in the skin called melanocytes. These cells form a cluster, causing the mole.

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of developing moles. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Moles present at birth (This increases the likelihood of more moles later in life.)
  • Family members who have moles
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight, especially sunburn

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2018 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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