Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Checking for skin cancer signs

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Summer is in full swing and there is no better time to have a reminder about checking yourself for skin cancer signs than now. In addition to ensuring those moles are benign, are there other things you can do to make sure you're safe from skin cancer? Some simple self checks are a great starting point.

Irregularly-shaped skin blemishes that are reddish-brown to brown in color should be checked out, and if those moles have any of the characteristics below, someone qualified like a regular physician, dermatologist or even oncologist may need to take a closer look.
  • Bleeding
  • Itching
  • Rapid growth
  • A sore or area that won't heal
  • A scaly or crusty growth
  • Rough patches that feel like sandpaper

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