When to Banish Birthmarks

Experts advise removal in certain circumstances

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(HealthDayNews) -- Some birthmarks originate in a blood vessel and are pink or purple in color. Others are brown, black or tan and are commonly called moles.

While most birthmarks are harmless, St. Louis Children's Hospital recommends a birthmark be removed if there is a strong family history of melanoma skin cancer or if the mole:

  • Is greater than six millimeters.
  • Itches or bleeds.
  • Rapidly changes in color, size or shape.
  • Has multiple colors.
  • Is located where it can't be easily monitored, such as on the scalp.

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