Moles may change over time. They may get bigger, grow a hair, become more raised, get lighter in color, or fade away. Many people develop new moles until about age 40. But some changes in moles or skin growths are caused by skin cancer.
Early detection and treatment of skin cancer can prevent complications. Melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer, often begins as a change in a mole or other skin growth. These early signs are described in the ABCDE system:
Early detection of skin cancer includes regular skin self-exams in which you look at your skin and note any changes in skin growths. A skin self-exam may help identify suspicious skin growths and lead to early treatment. Perform a skin self-exam once a month.
Moles and colored spots on skin can turn into skin cancer. Finding and treating skin cancer early can help prevent problems.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||December 27, 2012|
Last Revised: December 27, 2012
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