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As a family we go to Dr. White for several years now for skin cancer prevention. Dr. White bedside manners are very good and he is very knowledgeab...

Aug 05, 2010

Actinic Keratoses (AK)


What are Atypical Moles?

Dysplastic nevi, also referred to as atypical moles, may be inherited or occur sporadically.  Approximately 5% of the population has dysplastic moles.

Common moles develop in childhood and stop changing in early adulthood. Dysplastic nevi begin to appear near puberty and continue to develop over your lifetime. These moles signify an increased risk for melanoma.


A - Asymetrical (you fold the mole in half and it does not match)  

B - Borders, irregular (edges appear jagged or bubbly)

C - Color Variation (having multiple colors or simply being dark, blue, red or white)

D -Diameter (>6mm-approximately the size of a pencil eraser)

If you are interested in learning more about skin cancer treatments, skin cancer surgery, medical dermatology or cosmetic dermatology in the Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina metro area, click here to request an appointment with Dr. Timothy Woodall, Dr. Richard White, or Ms. Kristin Berka. Or you can call our office, The Palmetto Skin & Laser Center, at (803) 329-6030 to schedule your appointment.