Is a junctional nevus cancerous?
In this article, we will look at what is a junctional nevus is and look at its hazard status.
During one online discussion, they wrote this statement
"They say on the Internet that the junctional nevus should be removed – the risk of rebirth is high."
Let's figure it out. Actually:
A junctional nevus is a non-cancerous type of growth made up of melanocytes. Junctional nevi are usually seen in individuals of lighter skin complexion and can be found anywhere on the body. Most junctional nevi are called acquired because they develop in children or young adults.
Junctional nevus is so called because its nevus cells are located on the border between the epidermis (the first layer of skin) and the dermis (the second layer of skin). The name is not at all because it is "on the border between nevus and melanoma", as many unknown authors think on the Internet.
Now considerations on the topic of his "danger" or "safety":
In 2017, a meta-analysis was published in which, according to 38 (!!!) studies have shown that melanoma develops against the background of ANY type of nevi. Congenital, acquired, intradermal, complex, junctional – ANY.
Conclusion: if you have a junctional nevus, the chances of getting melanoma do not increase. Conduct regular checkups, and also show your skin to a doctor once a year.