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What should you keep in mind when examining moles for skin cancer?

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Keep in mind that some melanomas may be smaller or not fit other characteristics. You should always be suspicious of a new mole. If you do notice a new mole, see your dermatologist as soon as possible. He or she will examine the mole and take a skin biopsy (if appropriate). If it's skin cancer, a biopsy can show how deeply it has penetrated the skin. Your dermatologist needs this information to decide how to treat the mole.

The most common location for melanoma in men is the back; in women, it is the lower leg.

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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