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Healthy Hint

Toni-Ann DiSantis


Melanoma doesn’t always look the same. The classic warning signs of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, include moles that itch or bleed, have an irregular shape, border, or color, one wider than a pencil eraser, or one changing in size, shape, or color. But melanoma can also be a pinkish or colorless bump, a flat brownish “stain” on the skin, a dark streak under a nail, or may even resemble a bruise on the sole of your foot or palm.

That’s why it’s important to show your doctor new or old spots and growths on your skin that don’t look like the rest of your moles, are growing quickly, are irregular in shape, or simply look odd to you. For more, go to CR.org/mole changes.