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Melanoma Symptoms

Diameter is when there is a change in the size of the mole (usually an increase). Melanomas are usually larger than the eraser of a pencil (1/4 inch or 5 millimeters).

Variations in Symptoms

Melanomas can vary greatly in how they look, and many show all of the ABCD features. However, some melanomas may show changes or abnormalities in only one or two of the ABCD features.

Other Early Melanoma Symptoms

Melanoma symptoms in an early stage may be found when an existing mole changes slightly, for example, when a new black area forms. Other early symptoms of melanoma may include newly formed fine scales and itching in a mole. Melanomas may feel different from regular moles.

Advanced Symptoms

In more advanced cases of melanoma, the texture of the mole may change. For example, the mole may become hard or lumpy.
Other, more advanced melanoma symptoms may include moles that:
  • Itch
  • Ooze
  • Bleed.

Melanoma Symptoms and Skin Exams

Checking your skin for new growths or other changes is a good idea (see Skin Exam). Keep in mind that changes in moles are not positive melanoma symptoms. However, you should still report any changes in your moles to your healthcare provider. You may also need to see a dermatologist, who is a doctor that has special training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems.
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