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Pink Raised Mole

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Updated September 20, 2009

Pink Raised Mole
Photo © Heather L. Brannon, MD
If you compare this mole to the previous two, you can see that the mole itself is pretty typical. Just because a lesion is raised, doesn't mean it's a skin cancer. Note the difference in the skin surrounding this mole compared to the skin in the previous pictures. Can you see all the freckles? This person has fair skin that tends to burn instead of tan, which is a risk factor for melanoma.

Sources:

Barnhill, RL, and H Rabinovitz. “Benign Melanocytic Neoplasms.” Dermatology, 2nd Ed. Eds. Jean Bolognia, et. al. Mosby, 2008. 1723-6.

Habif, Thomas. “Nevi and Malignant Melanoma.” Clinical Dermatology, 4th Ed. Philadelphia: Mosby, 2004. 773-6.

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