What is Clark's Nevus?
Clark's Nevus being an uncommon skin disease, is found among people of all ages. It is not dangerous and contagious. Most experts believe that Clark's Nevus are at higher risk of turning into melanoma as compared to normal moles. People with many Clark's Nevus should have a complete skin exam each year. Also known as dysplastic nevi, Clark's Nevus are moles that are considered to be precancerous or more likely to turn into melanoma than regular moles. When looking at an atypical mole on the skin, one will see some of the features that one sees when looking at melanoma such as: an irregular border, slight variation in color, or asymmetry (if you cut the mole in half, the two halves do not look the same).
Here you find all terms related to Clark's Nevus, like symptoms, causes and effective treatment.
What are the symptoms of Clark's Nevus ?
These are small skin infection attributed by following symptoms:
- irregular border,
- slight variation in color,
- Nevi (moles) can look like beauty marks (e.g., Cindy Crawford) or they can protrude like a bump on a witch's chin (common nevus).
What are the causes of Clark's Nevus ?
The cause of the Clark's Nevus is still not known perfectly. It is mostly occuring on the skin exposed to skin. The tendency to develop this run into families and is often hereditary.
Treatment of Clark's Nevus
Not many treatment options are available for Clark's Nevus. Few of them are as follows:
- The only safe way to remove an atypical mole is to have it cut out. The specimen is then sent to the pathologist to be analyzed under the microscope. Removing an atypical mole leaves a permanent scar.
- If an atypical mole looks like it could be an early melanoma, the doctor will recommend removal as soon as possible. Sometimes the only way to be absolutely sure that an atypical mole is not a melanoma is to have it removed and analyzed.
- Use sunscreen daily on epxposed skin areas.