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How to Spot Skin Cancer

It's hard to personally detect skin cancer if you don't know what you're looking for. Here are five images and descriptions from the Skin Cancer Foundation of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

By Maria Masters

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Basal Cell Carcinoma (BBC)
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Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

These growths are often either pink or red, and can also resemble shinny bumps or open sores.

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

SCC often has an elevated growth with a central depression, which can crust or bleed.

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Melanoma

Most melanomas are black and brown, but they may also be a range of other colors, like pink, red, purple, blue or white.

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Malignant Melanoma with Uneven Borders

Remember ABCDE: Asymmetry, uneven Borders, a mix of Colors, a Diameter larger than a pencil eraser and Evolution—or a spot that has changed in any way. To the left is an image of a malignant melanoma cancer with uneven borders.

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Malignant Melanoma with Different Colors

Remember ABCDE: Asymmetry, uneven Borders, a mix of Colors, a Diameter larger than a pencil eraser and Evolution—or a spot that has changed in any way. To the left is an image of a malignant melanoma cancer with different colors.

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