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Skin Cancer Signs, Symptoms and Diagnosis


Skin cancer is usually a curable disease -- but only if caught early. Knowing what skin cancer looks like and how it is diagnosed can help you decide when to seek medical attention, and thus prevent potentially serious cosmetic and other health consequences.
  1. Skin Cancer Basics
  2. Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Symptoms
  3. Melanoma Symptoms
  4. How is Skin Cancer Diagnosed?

Skin Cancer Basics

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with skin cancer? Are you at risk or curious about how to prevent this disease? Either way, you've come to the right place. This section includes an easy-to-follow introduction to skin cancer, including its causes, most common types, and prevalence.

Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Symptoms

How do you tell the difference between a normal skin blemish and a cancerous one? The articles and pictures in this section will help you identify the two main types of nonmelanoma skin cancer -- basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma -- and when you should call your doctor.

Melanoma Symptoms

Melanoma is the most aggressive and dangerous type of skin cancer. These pictures shows both normal moles and melanoma so that you can learn to recognize each.

How is Skin Cancer Diagnosed?

This introductory guide to how doctors diagnose skin cancer includes articles about skin exams, biopsies, CT and MRI scans, and blood and genetic tests. The methods used to determine the stage of melanoma skin cancer are also described in easy-to-understand language.

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