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Health Tip: Check for Skin Cancer

Health Tip: Check for Skin Cancer

08/02/13

(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 black.
  • 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 eraser.
  • Any area that continues to crust, bleed, erode or hurt.
  • Any open wound that doesn't heal after three weeks.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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