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Dermal nevus

What is a dermal nevus? A dermal nevus is a non-cancerous type of skin tumour made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. The tumour is called ‘dermal’ because the melanocytes are only found in a layer of skin called the dermis. Dermal nevi (more than one nevus are called nevi) are usually seen in individuals …
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Compound nevus

What is a compound nevus? A compound nevus is a very common non-cancerous type of skin tumour made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. Compound nevi (nevi is the plural of nevus) are more common in people with light-coloured skin and can be found anywhere on the body. Another name for this type of tumour …
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Junctional nevus

What is a junctional nevus? A junctional nevus is a very common non-cancerous type of skin tumour made up of specialized cells called melanocytes. Junctional nevi (nevi is the plural of nevus) are more common in people with light-coloured skin and can be found anywhere on the body. Another name for this type of tumour …
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Dysplastic nevus

What is a dysplastic nevus? A dysplastic nevus is a non-cancerous type of skin tumour 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. The risk of developing melanoma is higher for people with more than one dysplastic nevus. Another …
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Congenital nevus

What is a congenital nevus? A congenital nevus is a common non-cancerous type of skin tumour made up of melanocytes. Congenital nevi (nevi is the plural of nevus) are more common in people with light-coloured skin. They can be found anywhere on the body, but the most common locations are the trunk and limbs. The …
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