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Melanoma can appear on normal skin, or it may develop around an existing mole. If the melanoma is detected early, before it has the chance to spread, it is much more likely to be cured. A new spot on the skin that has changed in size, shape, or color is a major warning sign for melanoma.
Referring to the ABCDE rule can be a useful guide for recognizing symptoms.
Take control of your health. Whether you are a person who is at a high risk for melanoma or not, health experts recommend taking a proactive approach by performing self-exams to check for any skin changes. Check regularly, and alert your doctor if you see anything that looks suspicious. Remember—you know your body best!
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
Published on: Jun 15, 2011
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