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Evolution of Skin Cancer

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Adapted from: NCI Visuals Online (http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/about.cfm)

The most important warning sign for melanoma is a change in a mole or other skin growth, such as a birthmark. Change is also known as evolution.

Evolution of a mole means that there is a change in the size, shape, or color of a mole. Or there may be a change in symptoms, such as how a mole feels (such as how itchy or tender it feels) or what happens on the surface of a mole (especially bleeding).

Be sure to watch for a change in moles or other skin growths.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Last Revised October 12, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: October 12, 2012
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