11 Questions You Should Ask Your Dermatologist
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If I have a dysplastic mole (AKA atypical or abnormal) will it turn into cancer?Not necessarily, says Dr. Moy, but be sure to look for new spots or anything that changes or evolves. And while the general rule of thumb when looking for suspicious moles is all about ABCD (asymmetry, border, color, diameter) -- he enlightens us with "E" (which is for evolving). He adds that it's important to look for what he calls the "ugly duckling" mole -- in other words, the one that stands out and looks different from the others. For example, if you're pink and freckly and have a black dot on your back amid the freckles … run, don't walk, to your derm's office.
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