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Flat Mole

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Updated September 23, 2009

Flat Mole
Photo © Heather L. Brannon, MD

These moles are completely benign. One of the features of benign moles is their uniform color throughout, but these moles actually have a speckled pattern.

Flat moles like this, especially if they have recently developed, can have color variations throughout. These moles have all the other features of benign moles. They are symmetric (you can draw a line through the middle and they are essentially the same on both sides), have regular, rounded borders, and are less than 6mm in diameter. The other clue that this color is not concerning for melanoma is this person has several other moles that look just like this.

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