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What kinds of changes can lead to skin cancer?

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• Actinic keratosis is an area of red or brown, scaly, rough skin that can turn into skin cancer.  • A nevus is a mole, and abnormal moles are called dysplastic nevi. They can develop into cancer over time. They’re usually irregular in shape, with notched or fading borders. Some may be flat or raised, and the surface may be smooth or rough and pebble-like. They’re often large, at a quarter-inch across or larger, and are typically mixed colors, including pink, red, tan, and brown. If a mole on your body looks different from the others, ask your doctor to take a look at it.

From: Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

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SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

Skin Cancer from eMedicineHealth

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

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