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Use this mole chart as a handy reference to check your skin if you have an increased risk for melanoma:

*Fair skin

*A history of sunburn

*Excessive ultraviolet (UV) light exposure

*Living closer to the equator or at a higher elevation

*Having many moles or unusual moles

*A family history of melanoma

*Weakened immune system

Moles are unusual growths on the skin, which occur when  melanocytes (pigment producing cells)  grow in a cluster with surrounding skin tissue. Moles are common and the majority are harmless, however those with an unusual appearance (dysplastic nevi) have a greater chance of developing into melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

Experts recommend that if you are at increased risk for melanoma that you check skin once a month. It's suggested that you contact a dermatologist if you discover a mole that itches, bleeds or exhibits changes. If a mole has variations in color from one area of the mole to another or is larger than the size of a pencil eraser it should be checked by a dermatologist.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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