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New Skin Mole Evaluation
- Color is tan, brown, or black
- Sharp borders
- Round or oval shape
- Less than 6 mm (1/4 inch) in diameter
- Symmetric: one side has the same shape as the other
Usually, tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of a skin mole. However, tests may be required in order to decide if a skin mole has become a malignant melanoma.
Tests that may be used to evaluate a skin mole include:
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PubMed New Skin Mole References
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- Tilliss TS. Examination of skin moles. Am J Dent. 1997 Aug;10(4):164-5. 
- Weinstock MA, Nguyen FQ, Martin RA. Enhancing skin self-examination with imaging: evaluation of a mole-mapping program. J Cutan Med Surg. 2004 Jan-Feb;8(1):1-5.