Melanoma: Overview

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Melanomas: This type of skin cancer can develop in an existing mole or look like a new mole on your skin.

Also called malignant melanoma

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.  Allowed to grow, melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body. This can be deadly.

There is good news. When found early, melanoma is highly treatable.

You can find melanoma early by following this 3-step process:

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Dermatologist examining woman for skin cancer: If you notice a mole that differs from others on your body or a spot that is changing, bleeding, or itching, see a dermatologist.
  1. Learn the warning signs of melanoma.
  2. Look for the warning signs while examining your skin.
  3. See a dermatologist if you find any of the warning signs.

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