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Procedure - Mole Biopsy

Moles are small, dark brown spots on the skin that are very common and are caused by groups of pigmented cells. Most people begin to develop moles as children and throughout adolescence. Moles can develop on any part of the body, including the scalp and under your nails. Many moles fade or disappear entirely, and are completely harmless. However, some moles can become cancerous. If you have noticed a recent change in one of your moles and the surrounding skin tissue, it’s time to come into Ogden Clinic in Utah to see if you need a mole biopsy.

Watch for the following signs, which may indicate that the mole is cancerous.

  • Asymmetrical shape: The mole is not even and one half does not look like the other half.
  • Border: Moles that are melanoma have irregular or scalloped borders.
  • Color: Moles that have changed color or have uneven color may be cancerous.
  • Diameter: Look for moles that have grown more than ¼ inch.
  • Evolving: Watch for moles that change in shape, size, or color, especially moles where part of all of the mole turns black.

If any of these changes have occurred, your doctor may recommend a mole biopsy to determine if the growth is skin cancer. There are two types of mole biopsy at Ogden Clinic including:

Shave Biopsy

For this type of biopsy, your doctor will use a sharp tool, like a scalpel or razor, to remove part of the mole. This will typically cause bleeding which is stopped by pressure and a topical medication.

Excisional Biopsy

This procedure will involve cutting off the entire mole and the layer of fat beneath the skin, under the mole. For this biopsy, the wound will need to be closed with stitches to prevent bleeding and infection.

After your mole biopsy at Ogden Clinic in Utah, you will need to follow the care instructions provided by your doctor to keep the wound clean. Once your mole is biopsied in a laboratory, your doctor will recommend further treatments, should the mole be cancerous.

Are you concerned about a mole that has recently changed in color or size? Contact Ogden Clinic to schedule an appointment for a mole biopsy at one of our Utah offices.


Amann, Kelly, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Anderson, Elisabeth, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Arbon, Brett, FNP-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Bailey, Chase, DNP
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Baires, Enrique, MD
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Belfry, Carolyn, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Bielik, Candace, PA-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Broadbent, Daniel, MD
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080

Browne, Michael, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Bruce, Stephen, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Butters, Bridger, PA-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Chappell, Daniel, DO
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080

Christensen, D. Carl, FNP-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Christensen, Lane, DNP
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Christian, Mark, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Christiansen, Van, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Clarkson, Samantha, FNP-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Cope, David, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Davis, Christopher, DO
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Dunn, Rebecca, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3090

Eggleston, Darek, DO
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Fischer, Roxina, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Grogan, Rodney, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Hadley, Michael, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-397-6100

Hadley, Jason, MD
1560 S. Renaissance Towne Drive
Bountiful, UT
801-397-6100

Hagemeyer, Matthew, MD
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Heder, Lane, PA-C
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

Hedstrom, Lea, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3090

Hemmersmeier, John, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Holmes, Shelby, FNP-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Johnson, Eric, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Kemp, Makinzee, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-397-6125

Kester, Brittany, PA-C, ATC
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Larson, Dallen, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Lythgoe, Todd, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-397-6100

Marsh, Damon, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

Miconi-Correa, Lisa, FNP-BC
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771

Neville, Roark, MD
3225 W. Gordon Ave
Layton, UT
801-397-6150

O'Brien, Grace, DO
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Packard, Christine, PA-C
1560 S. Renaissance Towne Drive
Bountiful, UT
801-397-6100

Peterson, Bryce, MD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Pitts, Shelby, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Ramirez, Lori, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-397-6125

Reeves, Greg, PA-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3090

Reynolds, Kerry, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Sandberg, Rebecca, FNP-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Schmitz, J., MD
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700

Shanafelt, Emily, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Shina, Nancy, FNP-C
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Stephens, Lisa, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-397-6150

Taggart, Kimberly, FNP-C
991 W. Shepard Lane
Farmington, UT
801-397-6080

Tingey, Chad, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3090

Ward, Raymond, MD, PhD
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112

Ward, Amanda, FNP
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-298-4112

Wasden, Michelle, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600

West, Renee, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Westbroek, Ryan, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800

Wilson, Kayleen, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900

Winn, Darin, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000

Wozab, Jessica, PA-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900