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Atypical Mole Syndrome


Synonyms of Atypical Mole Syndrome
  • B-K Mole Syndrome
  • CMM
  • Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma, Hereditary
  • DNS, Hereditary
  • Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome
  • Familial Atypical Mole-Malignant Melanoma Syndrome
  • FAMMM
  • HCMM
  • Malignant Melanoma, Dysplastic Nevus Type

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Atypical mole syndrome, also called dysplastic nevus syndrome, is a disorder of the skin characterized by the presence of many mole-like tumors (nevi). Most people have 10-20 moles over their bodies. People with this syndrome often have more than 100 moles, at least some of which are unusual (atypical) in size and structure. These moles vary in size, location, and coloring. They are usually larger than normal moles (5mm or more in diameter) and have irregular borders. Changes in the appearance of these moles must be taken seriously by patients since such changes may foreshadow the onset of cancerous disease.

    Individuals with atypical mole syndrome are at greater than others for developing cancer of the skin in the form of malignant melanoma. Atypical mole syndrome is thought by some clinicians to be a precursor or forerunner of malignant melanoma. This type of cancer may spread to adjacent parts of the skin or, through the blood and lymph circulation, to other organs.

    Organizations related to Atypical Mole Syndrome
    • American Cancer Society, Inc.
      1599 Clifton Road NE
      Atlanta GA 30329
      Phone #: 404-320-3333
      800 #: 800-227-2345
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.cancer.org
    • Friends of Cancer Research
      2231 Crystal Drive
      Arlington VA 22202
      Phone #: 703-302-1503
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@focr.org
      Home page: http://www.focr.org
    • Lance Armstrong Foundation
      PO Box 161550
      Austin TX 78716-1150
      Phone #: 512-236-8820
      800 #: 866-235-7205
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.livestrong.org
    • Nevus Network
      The Congenital Nevus Support Group
      West Salem OH 44287
      Phone #: 419-853-4525
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@nevusnetwork.org
      Home page: http://www.nevusnetwork.org
    • Nevus Outreach, Inc.
      600 SE Delaware Ste. 200
      Bartlesville OK 74006
      Phone #: 918-331-0595
      800 #: 877-426-3887
      e-mail: mark@nevus.org
      Home page: http://www.nevus.org
    • Skin Cancer Foundation
      245 Fifth Avenue
      New York NY 10016
      Phone #: N/A
      800 #: 800-754-6490
      e-mail: info@skincancer.org
      Home page: http://www.skincancer.org
    • Wellness Community
      919 18th Street N.W.
      Washington DC 20006
      Phone #: 202-659-9709
      800 #: 888-793-9355
      e-mail: help@thewellnesscommunity.org
      Home page: http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org



    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html

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