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4 Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

Lately we have become so hyper-sensitive about sun exposure and the damaging effects it has on our health. Wearing sunscreen and using self-tanners can all help to prevent possible future outbreaks of skin cancer, but what about the sun exposure we've already had?

Unfortunately, there was probably a time when we weren't so careful. Previous sun exposure might cause skin cancer, so it's important for you (or a close friend) to check your skin. Look carefully at moles and beauty marks to see if they have any of these symptoms:

Fit's Tips: If you have any doubts about a specific mole, make an appointment with a dermatologist. They may perform a biopsy where they remove a portion of it and check for cancer. Since skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., it's better to be safe, so if they do find cancer cells or are unsure, they'll remove the entire mole. To protect yourself from future sun damage, check out these tips.

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cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
UPDATE: My man went to the doc and dermatologist, just now! They had to biopsy the mole and he will find out after Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving and prayers everyone! I am trying not to worry, but it has been there a while....he finally gave in to my nagging to go to the doc.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
UPDATE - I went in today and my Doc has a biopsy scheduled for Monday. She's only doing one, but if it comes back suspect she has to do ALL my moles! *KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED*
orangeflower orangeflower 8 years
I've had a suspicious one on my chest and well, can I still get checked if I"m pregnant? I've wanted to go, but how do they check? I guess I should ask my doc, but I dont want them to do anything that i'm not supposed to do.
angeldevilwings angeldevilwings 8 years
Tnx for the info though it's nasty to look at.
ishop2much ishop2much 8 years
Thank you for this...now I know what to look for!
klr25 klr25 8 years
this is very very helpful. thank you.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 8 years
(sorry about the double post!)
CamillaCat CamillaCat 8 years
I had a big mole removed on my arm (about the size of a pencil eraser) that was not cancerous. 6 months later, a freckle (or something of the sorts) is starting to grow back in it's place, rather quickly. It is flat, but not round (sort of jagged). Of course I know I need to go see a derm. about this, but does anyone have any thoughts on this, or experienced the same? thanks
CamillaCat CamillaCat 8 years
I had a big mole removed on my arm (about the size of a pencil eraser) that was not cancerous. 6 months later, a freckle (or something of the sorts) is starting to grow back in it's place, rather quickly. It is flat, but not round (sort of jagged). Of course I know I need to go see a derm. about this, but does anyone have any thoughts on this, or experienced the same? thanks.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I knew it! My boyf has a mole that looks like the third one down, in the melanoma column, and i keep telling him he needs to go to the doc, but he says it is fine! I have a case to argue now. Thanks FIT!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I'm saving this post; thanks for posting this fit! It's something everyone should look at.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
THANK YOU so much for this! I've got a few that I keep getting differing advice on. I know I should just go to the Dr. already, but this makes me want to RUSH out there. I kept hearing that if it was raised it was bad, not just mishapen. YIKES...I'm calling the Dr. right now!!!
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