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What does skin cancer look like ? how can you tell if you have it ?

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Skin cancer: Biopsy with pathologist verification is the only way to yrll.

Answered 3/26/2013

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ABCDE for Melanoma: "abcde" is the easy mnemonic for melanoma (the worst kind): a = asymmetry - one half is different from the other half. B = border irregularity - the edges are uneven. C = color - the color is uneven, with shades of tan, brown and black. D = diameter - the diameter is greater than 6 mm. E = evolution - rapidly changing. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas should be addressed separately. No room.

Answered 12/10/2013

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Dr. Travis Kidner answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body.

Answered 12/9/2013

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