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These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

The BAD has been awarded The Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include PILs, Sun Awareness Campaign materials, and other information products.

The BAD shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information published, and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility for costs, losses, or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the BAD.

The BAD has also prepared a limited number of translations of its PILs.

Displaying item Melanocytic naevi (moles)

The lay term for a melanocytic naevus is a “mole”. The word ‘melanocytic’ means that they are made up of the cells (melanocytes) which produce the dark pigment (melanin) that gives the skin its colour. Melanocytes clustered together form naevi. In other words, moles are benign (harmless) groups of melanocytes.

Some moles (congenital melanocytic naevi) are present at birth. Most develop during childhood and early adult life (acquired melanocytic naevi). Almost everyone has moles: many people have between 30 and 50. Many go away in later adult life. Moles can be found anywhere on the skin, including on the hands and feet, genitals, eyes and scalp.

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