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Melanoma Warning Signs

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early. It is important to be aware of the warning signs of melanoma so that you can take prompt action if you notice any suspicious changes on your skin. Here are some common warning signs of melanoma:

Asymmetry: One half of a mole or lesion does not match the other half.

Border irregularity: The edges of a mole are uneven, ragged, or not well-defined.

Color variation: The color of a mole is not uniform, with shades of brown, black, tan, white, red, or blue.

Diameter: Melanomas are often larger in diameter than the size of a pencil eraser (approximately 6 mm), but they can be smaller.

Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that changes in size, shape, color, or texture over time.

Itching or tenderness: Melanomas may cause itching, tenderness, or pain.

Bleeding or oozing: Moles or lesions that bleed, ooze, or crust without any apparent cause.

Elevated or raised: The mole or lesion is raised above the surface of the skin and may have an irregular surface.

Family history: A personal or family history of melanoma increases the risk, so it’s important to be vigilant and get regular skin checks.

It’s important to note that not all melanomas exhibit these warning signs, and other non-cancerous skin conditions can share similar characteristics. If you notice any suspicious changes on your skin or have concerns, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist or healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation and appropriate diagnosis. Regular self-examination of your skin and annual professional skin checks are recommended for early detection of melanoma.

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