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