Nevus

Consult a dermatologist about being at risk.

Nevi are benign (noncancerous) growths on the skin that are formed by clusters of pigmented cells.

Though benign, Nevi are worth professional checkup because patients with atypical moles are at increased risk for melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer.

Appearance

Nevi are typically found on the torso or limbs.

They can be flat, tan or brown patches of skin or raised, velvety patches.

As affected individuals age, the nevi can become thicker and darker and develop a wart-like appearance.

This condition is estimated to occur in 1-3 in 1000 people.

Treatment

Ask your dermatologist to clearly explain the options that might work best for you, including details about the risks and benefits.