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Are there any ways to detect skin cancer?

The most dangerous skin cancer is melanoma. Prognosis is highly dependent on early detection. The most important rule for the detection of melanoma is so called the “ABCDE” rule: A- asymmetry, B- borders (irregular), C- colour (variegated), D- diameter above 6 mm, E- evolving over time.

A good advice is always to look for spots that:

Change size, colour or shape
Look different compared to the rest
Are asymmetrical
Feel rough or scaly; sometimes you can feel the lesions before you can see them
Are multi-coloured
Are itchy
Are bleeding or oozing
Look pearly
Look like a wound but do not heal

Author: Tracey McAlpine, Editor
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