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What Are the Signs That a Mole Could Be Skin Cancer?

I don't want to sound paranoid, but I have a couple of moles that just don't look right to me. What are the signs that a mole could be skin cancer?
 

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To spot a "suspicious" (potentially cancerous) mole, look for the ABCDEs of skin cancer:
 
  • Asymmetry: Asymmetrical moles are more likely to be cancerous.
  • Border: Moles with notched or scalloped borders are more likely to be cancerous than those with even borders.
  • Color: A mole with multiple colors is suspicious compared to a mole that is just one color.
  • Diameter: Moles that are larger in diameter than a pencil eraser are more likely to be cancerous.
  • Evolving: Moles that change over time in any way are more likely to be cancerous compared to moles that stay the same.
 
Before you panic, be aware that some of the moles that look quite alarming to the untrained eye are perfectly harmless. A quick skin check by your doctor can put your mind at ease or may catch a skin cancer before it progresses.
 
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