Health Tip: Check for Skin Cancer08/02/13
(HealthDay News) -- Skin cancer is the most common type of
cancer, but if caught early, it's often treatable. Performing a
self-check can help identify any skin abnormalities quickly.
The Skin Cancer Foundation says you should look for these
warning signs during a self-check:
- Any changes or abnormalities in the skin that have grown larger
and appear pearly, multicolored, translucent, tan, brown or
- Any moles, beauty marks, birthmarks or brown spots that change
in texture, become thicker, grow larger, have an irregular border,
appear after you're age 21, or are larger than a pencil
- Any area that continues to crust, bleed, erode or hurt.
- Any open wound that doesn't heal after three weeks.
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