Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Prevention
People of all skin types can develop skin cancer and those with a history of skin cancer are at particular risk for developing more. The following warning signs can be an indication that a skin growth is cancerous.
- A new growth on an adult that does not disappear within four to six weeks
- A skin lesion that grows larger and turns pearly, translucent, brown, black, or multi-colored
- A mole, birthmark or beauty mark that grows larger, changes color, texture or shape
- An open sore or wound that doesn’t heal after four weeks or heals and then reopens or recurs
- A skin spot or growth that scales, scabs, oozes or erodes.
- A skin spot that bleeds for several weeks
- A growth that itches or burns, or is painful or tender.
- Any worrisome skin lesion
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