Moles are growths on the skin. They’re usually brown or black. They can be small or large, and flat or bumpy. Some moles go away on their own or lighten in color as a child grows older.
There are different types of moles. Some kids are born with them. Most moles are benign (noncancerous), but some may turn into cancer. Moles are more common in kids who spend a lot of time in the sun. Nemours Children’s specialists are experts in caring for moles in hard-to-reach places or those that may cause problems.
Most moles are harmless and don't need treatment. We will examine your child and ask about family history, as moles can run in families. We’ll teach your child or teen about sun safety too — because good sun protection habits can help prevent skin cancers later in life.
Our dermatologists might recommend regular checkups to look for any skin changes. If a mole needs to be removed, we can determine the best approach. We may use surgery, laser therapy or other methods.
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