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The ABCDE Signs of Skin Cancer: "A" Is for Asymmetry

When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

When you know what to look for, it will be clearer to know when to call your healthcare provider. If you see one or more of the ABCDE signs of skin cancer, make an appointment to see your dermatologist. Most skin cancers can be identified early by monthly self-exams. Because some melanomas do not necessarily fit the rules, it's important to let your doctor know if you develop any new spots on the skin or growths that look different from the rest of your moles.
While many moles, brown spots, and growths on the skin are usually harmless, they sometimes may be cancerous. If you have more than 100 moles, you may have a higher risk for developing melanoma. If you have any moles or spots that concern you, let your healthcare provider know. If skin cancer is caught and treated early, it is almost always curable. However, those abnormal spots, if left untreated, can spread to other parts of the body where they may be difficult to treat and could even be fatal.

Better to Be Safe

It is estimated that melanoma kills about 8,790 people in the United States every year. Understanding the crucial ABCDE signs of skin cancer prevention and early detection can help prevent dangerous consequences.
Nearly half of all melanomas are discovered by skin self-exams. You are your best defender against this potentially fatal skin condition. If you notice any spots that concern you, it's better to be safe and have your healthcare provider check it out rather than to be sorry later.
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