Is That Spot New?

The importance of catching skin cancer early

Skin cancer is very treatable when detected early. The five-year survival rate of melanoma is 98 percent when diagnosed before it hits the lymph nodes. One key is checking your skin regularly and alerting your doctor to new or changing spots.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Any skin growth that increases in size and is pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black or multicolored.
  • Any mole, birthmark or spot that changes in size, shape, color or texture.
  • Any mole, birthmark or spot that has irregular edges, appears after age 21 or is larger than a pencil eraser.
  • A spot or sore that itches, hurts, crusts, erodes or bleeds. 
  • Any open sore that does not heal within three weeks.

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