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A 20-year-old female asked:

I wear sunscreen outdoors, but i have a raised mole. do i have skin cancer? is spf 50 sunscreen going to protect me more than spf 15?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
ABCDEs of Melanoma: I recommend going to see a dermatologist since I am not there to actually see it. The abcdes of melanoma are:a=asymmetry(one half unlike the other half), b=border (irregular, scalloped, poorly defined border), c=color (varied from one are to another), d=diameter (while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm they can be smaller when diagnosed), e=evolving(change in size, shape, color).See a dermatologist.
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Biopsy: The diagnosis can be confirmed by biopsy of the lesion.

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Last updated Mar 23, 2014

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