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Moles are flat or raised clusters of skin cells that are generally brown in color. Moles are the result of sun exposure, genetics, age, and hormonal changes such as pregnancy or puberty. By adulthood most people will have between 10 and 40 moles on their body. While most moles are harmless, it is important to complete regular at home skin examinations to monitor any rapid changes and inform a healthcare provider.
Patients require a physician referral regarding any concerning moles.
For non-threatening moles, a referral is not required and cosmetic excision may be considered.
Monthly or quarterly at home skin examinations
Annual examinations with a dermatologist or family doctor