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Is there a test you can do at home for skin cancer?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Look at your skin ( and have someone else look at the areas that you can't see).
Things to worry about: asymmetry - not round, borders - not smooth, color- dark brown or black, diameter - greater than 6 mm (about a quarter inch. Any questions - see a dermatologist or primary care doc.

In brief: No
Look at your skin ( and have someone else look at the areas that you can't see).
Things to worry about: asymmetry - not round, borders - not smooth, color- dark brown or black, diameter - greater than 6 mm (about a quarter inch. Any questions - see a dermatologist or primary care doc.
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Richard Orr
Look up the American Cancer Society skin cancer screening webpage. It has many pics.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Easy as ABC
Any lesion which has the following characteristics could be a melanoma and should be checked out: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-diffferent colors; d-diameter 6mm (about the size of a standard pencil eraser).
Any enlarging or ulcerating lesion should be inspected as well. If in doubt, get it checked out. See www.Melanomafoundation.Org.

In brief: Easy as ABC
Any lesion which has the following characteristics could be a melanoma and should be checked out: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-diffferent colors; d-diameter 6mm (about the size of a standard pencil eraser).
Any enlarging or ulcerating lesion should be inspected as well. If in doubt, get it checked out. See www.Melanomafoundation.Org.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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