Why do we have beauty spots on our bodies?


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According to the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, beauty spots, or moles, are benign spots that are present at birth or develop later in life. They are primarily hereditary but may also be caused by sun exposure or tanning lights.

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Beauty spots can be dark brown or skin-colored and appear in a variety of shapes and sizes. Is it common for dark hairs to grow from these spots. The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology states that most people have between 10 and 100 moles, and this number can change throughout the life span. In rare cases, moles can become cancerous. Malignant melanoma is a skin cancer linked to the cells that produce melanin, the dark pigment in skin. People with a family history of melanoma, fair skin, freckles, red hair or a large number of moles are at greater risk for developing this cancer.

Risk also increases for people with excessive exposure to sun, severe sunburns or excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation through sun tanning beds. To prevent the development of melanoma and detect it as soon as possible, it is recommended that people avoid excessive sun exposure and sun beds and examine moles regularly. Any moles that change should be examined by a dermatologist, notes the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

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