When it comes to your skin, familiarity breeds protection. Knowing it well can help you recognize changes that may indicate melanoma — the most deadly form of skin cancer. Melanoma is a serious disease. But, when it's detected and treated early, it is often curable.
Be on the lookout
Many experts recommend regular self-checks. If you notice any new or changing spot on your skin, let your doctor know. And, when checking moles, freckles or other skin changes, remember the ABCDEs:
Other things to look for include areas that:
These signs don't necessarily mean cancer. But, it's always best to have them checked by your doctor. And, see "Take a good look" for printable tips on doing a careful skin self-check.
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