Birthmarks are no longer dismissed as “beauty marks” by laypeople. With skin cancer incidence on the rise (over 74,000 new cases in the United States annually) and the availability of patient education and resources, more pediatricians, patients and families are proactively receiving specialized nevus care than ever before.
There are several types of nevi, defined primarily by color/pigmentation and size. According to nevus.org (an outreach organization dedicated to providing congenital melanocytic nevi education and support), smaller, congenital, pigmented or melanocytic nevi affect one in 50 to 100 people and are typically not problematic.
Large and giant nevi, however, are rare and require a watchful eye. …Read More