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How is Skin Cancer Detected?

Fortunately, skin cancer is usually easy to detect since it occurs on the skin surface. In fact, you can do a simple self-exam yourself that only takes a few minutes.
  • Thoroughly examine your skin every few months.
  • Look for changes in the size, color, texture or shape of a mole or other dark spot.
  • Are there any new, abnormal moles? (Or bleeding from a mole?)
  • Have any unusual bumps or growths on face, ears, arms, chest, and back?

If you have any of the above physical features—or anything else out of the ordinary—show your physician or a dermatologist (a skin specialist) as soon as possible. (Click here for more information.

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