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Skin cancer symptoms

Because many skin cancers develop where they can be seen, there is a good chance of catching them early. Regular examination of the skin for any new or unusual growths, or changes in existing moles is critical. If you find anything suspicious, you should discuss it with your primary care physician, a dermatologist (skin doctor) or a health care professional who is qualified to recognize the signs of skin cancer and diagnose the disease.

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Melanoma may appear as an irregular or asymmetrical mole or growth. These moles may have rough or irregular edges and different shades or colors in the center. Any mole larger than a pencil eraser should be examined by a doctor. Melanoma may appear on areas not normally exposed to the sun, such as the armpits or bottoms of the feet.

Learn more about the symptoms of melanoma

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Early diagnosis and intervention may improve the chances of overcoming the disease. Learn more about skin cancer types and treatment options.

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