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Skin Cancer

Patients often ask us what to look for when examining their own skin for potential cancer. The following signs should be promptly investigated:

  • A new skin growth that does not disappear in four to six weeks.
  • Any skin lesion that continues to grow and turns red, brown, black or is multicolored.
  • A mole, birthmark or beauty mark that increases in size, changes color or texture, or becomes irregular in outline.
  • An open sore or wound that refuses to heal, persists for more than four weeks or heals and later reopens.
  • Any skin spot or growth that continues to itch, hurt, crust over, form a scab, becomes a sore or bleeds for several weeks.

Types of Skin Cancer and Pre-skin Cancers

Early detection of skin cancer is key for the best outcome. It is important that you see your doctor for regular skin checks.