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Dermal nevus

What is a dermal nevus? A dermal nevus is a non-cancerous type of growth made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. Dermal nevi (more than one nevus are called nevi) are usually seen in individuals of lighter skin complexion and can be found anywhere on the body. Most dermal nevi are called acquired because they …
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Compound nevus

What is a compound nevus? A compound nevus is a non-cancerous type of growth made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. Compound nevi are usually seen in individuals of lighter skin complexion and can be found anywhere on the body. Another name for this type of growth is a mole. Mole is a common term …
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Junctional nevus

What is a junctional nevus? A junctional nevus is a non-cancerous type of growth made up of melanocytes. Junctional nevi are usually seen in individuals of lighter skin complexion and can be found anywhere on the body. Most junctional nevi are called acquired because they develop in children or young adults. A nevus that develops …
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Dysplastic nevus

What is a dysplastic nevus? A dysplastic nevus is a non-cancerous type of growth made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. Although it is considered non-cancerous, some can turn into a type of cancer called melanoma over time. Another name for this type of growth is a mole. Mole is a common term used to …
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Congenital nevus

What is a congenital nevus? A congenital nevus is a common non-cancerous tumour made up of melanocytes. A congenital nevus looks dark because it is made up of melanocytes that are producing a lot of melanin. Congenital nevi (nevi is the plural of nevus) are more common in people with light coloured skin. They can …
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