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Moles Versus Melanoma Skin Cancer: Learn to Tell the Difference with Pictures


Updated June 27, 2014

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Pictures of Moles and Melanoma Skin Cancer - Example of Melanoma
Picture of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Picture of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Photo © Skin Cancer Foundation

This picture of a melanoma skin cancer tumor shows how they are often irregularly shaped and multicolored.

The earlier melanoma is detected, the better the chance for successful treatment. Monthly self-examinations may help find it early. Often, the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, or color of an existing mole. It also may appear as a new or abnormal-looking mole. The "ABCDE" rule can be used to help remember what to watch for.

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