Dysplastic nevus syndrome or, as it is sometimes called; atypical mole syndrome is a moderately common skin disorder, wherein the affected person suffers from an unusual number of tumors that resemble skin moles on their body. An average human has about 10 to 20 moles under normal circumstances, whereas people with Atypical Mole Syndrome can have as many as 100 or even more lesions on their body.
If a person is suffering from Atypical Mole Syndrome, at least few of his moles would be atypical in nature. They are larger than regular moles which means more than 5mm in diameter. They also and vary in sizes and coloring.
It is vital that such symptoms be taken in a serious manner, since such occurrences might be a sign of an onset of a cancerous disease. This is because people that suffer from Atypical Mole Syndrome are statistically at a much greater risk of developing skin-related cancer (malignant melanoma). It has been previously pointed out by physicians that Atypical Mole Syndrome might precede and be a warning sign for malignant melanoma. Unfortunately there is a huge possibility that the cancer may be malignant and therefore spread to other, distant areas of the body through circulation. Possible ways of metastasis it can take are the blood vessels or through lymphatic vessels.
Specific care has to be taken when similar symptoms appear on a child. If the infant has an unusual number of moles occurring on his body, it is vital that parents begin keeping a close watch for signs of malignant melanoma. Although it’s extremely rare for children to contract cancer of the skin, there have been known cases, and hence it’s not something to be overlooked.
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