What is a Dysplastic Nevus?
How is a mole diagnosed as Dysplastic?
WHO GETS DYSPLASTIC NEVI?
Dysplastic nevi are most common in fair-skinned individuals with significant sun exposure. People with 5 or more clinically atypical nevi have a higher risk than the general population of developing melanoma.
What is FAMM Syndrome?
FAMM stands for Familial Atypical Mole and Melanoma. People with FAMM syndrome have a high risk of developing melanoma. The criteria for FAMM SYNDROME is:
- One or more first-degree or second-degree relative diagnosed with melanoma under the age of 40
- Having many moles – usually more than 40
- Moles that are dysplastic
What can I do to prevent Melanoma
if I have Dysplastic Nevi?
- Visit Skin Solutions Dermatology for annual skin exams
- Perform self-skin exams at home looking for new skin lesions or changes to existing moles
- Consider taking photographs of your most atypical looking moles and follow photographs over time to look for changes
- Careful sun protection using zinc oxide and/or clothing.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure and sunburn