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Familial Atypical Mole Syndrome (FAMS)

posted Aug 17, 2015, 9:28 AM by Janine Reeners   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 9:29 AM ]

Familial Atypical Mole Syndrome (dysplastic nevus syndrome or FAMS) is an inherited tendency to abnormal moles and an increased risk of developing melanoma; a potentially dangerous skin cancer.  FAMS syndrome runs in families and affects approximately 5% of the population.  They are the flat moles people most commonly dismiss.
Criteria for this syndrome are: 1. Smudgy or blurry moles on your body
                                                               2. Moles where the sun does not shine, such as soles of the feet,
                                                                    the buttocks, on the scalp, and between the fingers and toes.
                                                               3. More than 45 moles altogether or more than 19 below the waist.
                                                               4. Many moles larger than 6mm, or the size of a pencil eraser.
Protect your skin with zinc or titanium-based sunscreen, protective clothing and avoidance of mid day sun.  Be aware of any new, unusual or changing moles or lesions on your body and have them checked at least twice a year by an expert dermatologist.  Call to schedule your full body exam today- 585-244-4240.