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RECOGNIZING SKIN CANCER
Basal and squamous cell carcinomas can vary widely in appearance. The cancer may appear as
Malignant melanoma is usually signaled by a change in the size, shape, or color of an existing mole, or as a new growth greater than 6mm in diameter on normal skin.
The ABCD criteria developed by the American Cancer Society provide a starting-off point for the physician and an easily remembered guideline for the patient to use in self-examination for MM.
Other characteristics that should alert the clinician are ulceration, bleeding or any change in sensation such as itching. Any lesion that has a history of change warrants a biopsy to make a definitive diagnosis.
It is important to be aware of the features of the various types of nevi. Some that are benign closely resemble cancerous or precancerous lesions.
How to get started?
Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss Recognizing Skin Cancer with you. Please call for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.