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Moles may change over time. They may get
bigger, grow a hair, become more raised, get lighter in color, or fade away.
Many people develop new moles until about age 40. But some changes in moles or skin growths are
Early detection and
treatment of skin cancer can prevent complications. Melanoma, a serious type of
skin cancer, often begins as a change in a mole or
other skin growth. These early signs are described in the
Early detection of skin cancer includes regular
skin self-exams in which you look at your skin and note any changes in skin
growths. A skin self-exam may help identify suspicious skin growths and lead to
early treatment. Perform a skin self-exam once a month.
Moles and colored spots on skin can turn into skin cancer. Finding and
treating skin cancer early can help prevent problems.
Current as of:
December 27, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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