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Naevi and skin cancer (basal cell and epidermoid carcinoma).

Finnish Medical Society Duodecim. Naevi and skin cancer (basal cell and epidermoid carcinoma). In: 23957 [Internet]. Helsinki, Finland

Wiley Interscience. John Wiley & Sons; 2010 Jun 4.


  • The most important indication for excision of a naevus is suspicion of malignancy. Other indications include aesthetic considerations or the location of the naevus in an area exposed to friction. If naevi are excised for cosmetic reasons, always estimate the eventual consequences of a scar and the tendency of the patient to develop keloids.
  • A general practitioner can excise any naevus using local anaesthesia. Very large lesions and strong suspicion of melanoma should be referred to a specialist.