If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
Adapted from: NCI Visuals Online (http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/about.cfm)
The most important warning sign for melanoma is a change in a mole or other skin growth, such as a birthmark. Change is also known as evolution.
Evolution of a mole means that there is a change in the size, shape, or color of a mole. Or there may be a change in symptoms, such as how a mole feels (such as how itchy or tender it feels) or what happens on the surface of a mole (especially bleeding).
Be sure to watch for a change in moles or other skin growths.
Last Revised: October 12, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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