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IDENTIFY MELANOMA

Which Spot Is Skin Cancer?
Which spot is skin cancer?


Neither spot is melanoma. But could become so. The left spot is a normal mole. It's smaller, evenly colored and symmetrical.

The right one is an actinic keratosis (AK), a common precancer growth. It's especially common for redheads and blondes. About 10% of AKs become squamous cell carcinoma. The more AKs on your skin, the more likely that one will become malignant melanoma.

      
Which Spot Is Skin Cancer?
Which spot is skin cancer


How many colors does your spot have?

More than one color is a sign of melanoma. Melanoma a range of colors which is not good. If you have a spot like this, see your melanoma specialist immediately.

     
Which Spot Is Skin Cancer?
Which spot is skin cancer?


Check the borders of every spot or mole.

The spot on the right has irregular borders signifying melanoma. Always know your spots.



Which Spot Is Skin Cancer?
Which spot is skin cancer?


What size is your mole, spot or freckle? If a mole, spot or freckle is larger than about ¼-inch across - it could be a melanoma, like the spot on the right. Watch your spots closely.

      
Which Spot Is Skin Cancer?
Which spot is skin cancer


Lack of symmetry is another red flag for melanoma. The black lesion is melanoma.

     
Which Spot Is Skin Cancer?
Which spot is skin cancer


Watch your moles closely. Changes of any kind in the ABCDEs mean you should have a dermatologist check your skin. Compared with the ordinary spot on the left, the one on the right is melanoma — it's different in size, shape and color. .




This Is Skin Cancer
Which spot is skin cancer?


Do you have a scaly spot that never goes away? A red area that bleeds if you scratch it? Perhaps it's psoriasis, actinic keratosis (AK) or a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)?

The spot above was probably AK initially, but now it's a full-blown squamous cell carcinoma – the second most common type of skin cancer. SCCs can look like a scaly spot, resemble a crusty wart or even an open sore. Tanning bed enthusiasts can get these quite easily.

      
This Is Skin Cancer
Which spot is skin cancer?


This pink spot could be an infected mosquito bite, a zit you squished or skin cancer.

It's actually basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common skin cancer. BCCs have many disguises. They can be a pink growth like the above, or a flat, white scarlike spot. Or even a reddish patch resembling eczema (dry skin.) When you notice a suspicious spot on your skin, see a dermatologist - an MD who specializes in skin diseases.

       

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