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Health Tip: Check for Skin Cancer

(HealthDay News) -- Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but if caught early, it's often treatable. Performing a self-check can help identify any skin abnormalities quickly.

The Skin Cancer Foundation says you should look for these warning signs during a self-check:

  • Any changes or abnormalities in the skin that have grown larger and appear pearly, multicolored, translucent, tan, brown or black.

  • Any moles, beauty marks, birthmarks or brown spots that change in texture, become thicker, grow larger, have an irregular border, appear after you're age 21, or are larger than a pencil eraser.

  • Any area that continues to crust, bleed, erode or hurt.

  • Any open wound that doesn't heal after three weeks.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 8/2/2013
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