Saturday, October 11, 2008

Other Warning Signs of Melanoma

Other warning signs include:

> A sore that does not heal

> The spread of pigment from the border into the surrounding skin

> A change in sensation-itchiness, tenderness or pain

> A change in the surface of the mole - oozing, bleeding or the appearance of a bump

> A mole that stands out or looks different from your other moles

How Is Melanoma Diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects a change in your skin is a sign of melanoma, a sample of the area is removed. This is called a biopsy and can usually be done quickly and usually in the doctor's office. The sample is then sent to a pathology lab for examination under a microscope to confirm a diagnosis

Coming Next:
Is there Any Way To Prevent Melanoma?
Checking Your Skin

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