Common Mole

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Title: Common Mole
Description: The common mole shown here is nearly 5 millimeters in diameter, which is the width of a new pencil eraser. A common mole is a growth on the skin that develops when pigment cells (melanocytes) grow in clusters. Most adults have between 10 and 40 common moles. Another name for a mole is a nevus. The plural is nevi. Although common moles are not cancerous, people who have more than 50 common moles have an increased chance of developing melanoma.

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Topics/Categories: Anatomy -- Skin
Cells or Tissue -- Normal Cells or Tissue
Type: Color, Photo
Source: National Cancer Institute
Date Created: 2011
Date Added: April 13, 2016
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.