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Benign neoplasms of skin

Nevus (mole)

Benign, can be acquired or sun exposure, peak in early adulthood

Most adult have about 20 nevi

Lesion usually <1cm, pigmented macules, papules or nodules

Evaluation of nevi from junctional (dermal-epidermal junction), compound (involves papillary dermis) and finally dermal nevi (into dermis, grows or remains intradermal).

Congenital nevi are presents at birth, usually not thought to be risk for melanoma .

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