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Skin cancer can be cured if found and treated early.
Skin self-exam is a good way to detect early skin changes that may mean melanoma. Look for any abnormal skin growth or any change in the color, shape, size, or appearance of a skin growth. Check for any area of injured skin (lesion) that does not heal. Have your spouse or someone such as a close friend help you monitor your skin, especially places that are hard to see such as your scalp and back.
A careful skin exam may identify suspicious growths that may be cancer or growths that may develop into skin cancer (precancers). Adults should examine their skin regularly.
Skin cancer often appears on the trunk of men and on the legs of women.
For more information, see the topic Protecting Your Skin From the Sun.
Learn your ABCDEs, the changes in a mole or skin growth that are warning signs of melanoma:
A melanoma may also look like a bruise that isn't healing, or it may show up as a brown or black streak under a fingernail or toenail.
For more information, see the topic Skin Cancer, Melanoma.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2016). Screening for skin cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA, 316(4): 429–435. DOI:10.1001/jama.2016.8465. Accessed July 27, 2016.
Current as ofMarch 27, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as of:
March 27, 2018
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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