Harvard Health Letter

Do-it-yourself skin cancer checks

Skin cancer checks need to be a year-round maintenance effort. About 50% of melanomas are identified by patients, and even more are discovered if the skin is examined with the help of a partner. Using a computer-based tutorial to learn how to check for skin cancers can help you catch the problems early. Pay particular attention to spots that have grown or display a variety of hues, such as tan, black, brown, pearly, or translucent; moles or pigmented spots that have changed in color, mass, or contour; or sores that continually crust, bleed, itch, hurt, or don’t heal.  
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