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birthmark,

pigmented maldevelopment of the skin that varies in size, either present at birth or developing later. Birthmarks may appear as moles (melanocytic nevi) that vary in color from light brown to blue, and are either flat or raised above the surface of the skin. They are usually benign, but do rarely develop into malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancerskin cancer,
malignant tumor of the skin. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Rarer forms include mycosis fungoides (a type of lymphoma) and Kaposi's sarcoma.
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. The so-called port-wine stains and strawberry marks involve vascular tissue. The flat port-wine stains can be made lighter with the use of laser therapy. The strawberry marks generally disappear a few years after birth.

birthmark

[′bərth‚märk]
(medicine)
Any abnormal cellular or vascular benign nevus that is present at birth or that appears sometime later.
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Back-calculated size at the birth mark overestimated size at birth as determined by observations of neonates and full-term embryos.
Participants emphasized that providers need to know about: 1) Mongolian birth marks, 2) the role and importance of extended family members in the child's care, 3) traditional health beliefs and healing practices, and 4) cultural communication patterns.
Not only did she get rid of her birth mark, but the young woman - who, according to her mother, always had an outgoing personality - has become a spokeswoman.
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A woman on trial for indecency told a court she can prove she had sex with her ex-boyfriend because she knows he has a birth mark on his bottom.
He just flips up his hair and says, 'That is my birth mark,' and doesn't seem to bother.
Val began to teach Lauren how to apply make-up to camouflage the birth mark and changes it regularly as she grows.
She had a mark on the base of her spine which they said looked like a strawberry birth mark, but that's where the tumour is and where all the problems have come from.
She has a birth mark on her lip and is to see plastic surgeons who will do work to remove it.