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When to Contact Your Doctor

  • Tell your doctor about any changes you see.
  •  If you are concerned that a skin lesion may be melanoma, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor.



  • If an appointment is not available even after explaining that you are concerned about melanoma, then seek another physician.


Contact your doctor promptly if you detect any of the following changes:


  • Increase in the size of a preexisting mole

  • Change in shape of a preexisting mole, particularly irregular borders

  • Change in color of a preexisting mole, including a darkening, loss of color, or the development of a red area

  • Any unusual oozing or bleeding from a preexisting mole

  • Halo formation around a preexisting mole

  • Itching, tenderness, or (less commonly) pain from a preexisting mole

  • Any unusual sore, lump, blemish, scaling, or marking

  • Appearance of a new mole in previously normal, unpigmented skin

  • Any new or suspicious lesion


Detecting change:

  • Any change in a pre-existing or a new mole in adulthood indicates a risk of a melanoma developing.

  • You should be on the lookout for alterations in size, shape, color, or elevation as well as any new symptom such as itching, bleeding, or crusting.

  • Swift action is your best protection.