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The ABCDE Signs of Skin Cancer: "E" Is for Evolving

Other Changes in Moles

Size, shape, and color are important factors to watch for when looking for potentially problematic moles. However, there are other characteristics to watch for as well. Some moles evolve in other ways, such as:
 
  • A sore that does not heal
  • Pigment spreading from the border of a spot to the skin around it
  • Any new swelling or redness beyond the border of a mole
  • Changes in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness, or pain
  • Changes in the surface of a mole, such as scaliness, oozing, bleeding, crusting, or the appearance of a bump or nodule.
 
If you notice any of these changes in a mole, contact your healthcare provider.
 

Staying on Top of Your Moles

Knowing where your moles are located will make it easier to notice if you develop a new spot. Also, knowing how your moles look will help you notice if they change size, color, or shape. Following these simple steps once a month can help with early detection of skin cancer, including potentially life-threatening melanoma.
 
If you notice a spot that concerns you, even if it doesn't necessarily fall under one of the categories mentioned earlier, discuss it with your healthcare provider. He or she can help to determine whether it needs a closer look.
 
In addition to a monthly self-examination, it is a good idea to plan regular checkups with a dermatologist. He or she can help identify problems you may have overlooked, and has more advanced equipment to identify problem areas that may not be seen by the human eye.
 
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