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When should you call your doctor about skin cancer?

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Call your doctor about skin cancer if:

  • An existing mole changes size, shape, color, or texture; or you develop a very noticeable new mole as an adult
  • A new skin growth or open sore does not heal or disappear in 6 weeks

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

American Academy of Dermatologists.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 9, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

American Academy of Dermatologists.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 9, 2017

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