Everybody has moles that appear on their skin. The average person will have at least 15 but usually no more than 45 moles. Most moles appear on your body by the time you are 20 years old and can appear anywhere on your body. The pattern the moles appear on your body is determined by your genetics. New moles can appear from too much sun exposure and can turn your older moles darker.
If you are monitoring the moles that appear on your body, you may be concerned if they are harmless or if you should pay a visit to your dermatologist to have them checked out. Moles come in may sizes, colors and shapes and will appear as a small brown spot on your bodies skin. Below is a list of moles and how they can be classified.
Atypical moles – These moles are also known as dysplastic nevi and are bigger than a pencil eraser. They also have an irregular shape to them, are uneven in color and contain a dark brown center. An atypical mole may have an increased risk of developing into skin cancer.
Congenital moles – When a mole is visible at birth it is called a congenital nevus or congenital mole. Only about one percent of people have congenital moles. Congenital moles have a greater chance of turning into skin cancer.
Acquired moles – an acquired mole are the most popular kind of mole on your body and develop in childhood or early adulthood. The acquired mole is about a quarter inch and usually comes from an abundance of sun exposure. These moles are usually non cancerous.