Dysplastic Nevi, commonly called atypical moles, are unusual looking benign (non-cancerous) moles that may resemble melanoma. They sometimes have a “fried egg” appearance with a central darker bump and a surrounding lighter colored spot. Although heredity plays a part in the formation of moles, a person with more than 10 dysplastic nevi is 12 times more likely to develop melanoma. Dysplastic nevi can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from melanoma and often require a biopsy. If you have a mole that causes you concern (see ABCDEs of melanoma detection), contact Premier Dermatology and Mohs Surgery for an examination.