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What does a cancerous mole look like?

It is rare for moles to develop into melanoma, which is a cancer of melanocyte cells in the skin. However, signs of melanoma include changes in size, shape or color of the mole. A melanoma may become itchy or painful, grow quickly, or bleed, ooze or crust over. As a general guide, moles can be checked using the 'ABCDE' method, which involves looking for: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color change, Diameter greater than six millimeters and Elevation (raised) and/or Evolution (changing shape, color or size).

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
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