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    Melanoma skin cancer sign: Color variation

    Melanoma skin cancer sign: Color variation

    A mole of uniform color and a mole showing color variation

    Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. The most important warning sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin growth, such as a birthmark.

    • Color variation is one thing to watch for. Call your doctor if you notice that:
      • The color of a mole or other skin growth is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black may be present. Dashes of red, white, and blue may add to the mottled appearance.
      • Color has spread from the edge of a mole into the surrounding skin.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

    Current as ofOctober 11, 2016

    Current as of: October 11, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

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