Evolution of skin cancer

Photos of the evolution of skin cancer

Adapted from: NCI Visuals Online (http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/about.cfm)

The most important warning sign for melanoma is a change in a mole or other skin growth, such as a birthmark. Change is also known as evolution.

Evolution of a mole means that there is a change in the size, shape, or color of a mole. Or there may be a change in symptoms, such as how a mole feels (such as how itchy or tender it feels) or what happens on the surface of a mole (especially bleeding).

Be sure to watch for a change in moles or other skin growths.

Last Updated: October 8, 2009

Author: Bets Davis, MFA

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology

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