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How do you know if your mole is a sign of skin cancer?

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If you have developed new moles, or a close relative has a history of melanoma, you should examine your body once a month. Although most moles aren't cancerous, you should take a closer look at moles that look different than other existing moles or those that first appear in adulthood.

If you notice changes in a mole's color or appearance, you should have a dermatologist evaluate it. You also should have moles checked if they bleed, ooze, itch, appear scaly, or become tender or painful.

From: Moles and Skin Cancer Screening WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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