The skin cancer self-exam

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(WebMD) — Each year, more than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer. Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is the deadliest form and its incidence is rising faster than any other cancer.

But surviving even this deadly type of skin cancer is possible. In fact, there’s a 99% survival rate when the disease is found in its earliest stages. And one of the best ways to ensure that happens is with a skin cancer self-exam. By checking your skin every month for irregularities that might be signs of early cancer, and bringing those changes to your doctor’s attention, you can play a key role in protecting your life.

What should you be looking for? Any spot or marking that is new, or one that changes in size, shape, feel, or color. You should also be aware of any unusual sore, lump, or blemish, or any change in how skin looks and feels — particularly any crusting, oozing, or bleeding, as well as itching, tenderness, or pain. (…)

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