A melanocytic nevus is a collection of benign melanocytes or pigment cells. These can range in color and size. Most moles are completely benign and will never turn into skin cancer; however, a mole the is changing in size, shape, or color may indicate an abnormal change within the mole. Melanoma is a potentially dangerous skin cancer that can develop within melanocytic nevi. Melanoma is rare in children prior to the onset of puberty, but Dr. Burnett recommends complete skin check and evaluation of moles in children with unusual appearing moles, very large moles, and children over the age of 10 who have a first or second degree relative with a history of melanoma (parent or grandparent) as there can be increased familial risk.
Any suspicious mole should be biopsied. Some moles are simply irritated or annoying due to location or elevation and rubbing on clothing. These too can be removed if desired.
To schedule a skin screening for your child, contact the experts at Premier Dermatology today.