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Department of Dermatology

Department of Dermatology

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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