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
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
Any open sore that does not heal within three weeks.