Fact or Fiction: How Much Do You Really Know About Skin Cancer?

Knowing the facts about skin cancers including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma could save your life (12 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Jul 17, 2012 at 12:38PM

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Fact or Fiction: How Much Do You Really Know About Skin Cancer?

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Fiction: You'll Be Able to Spot Skin Cancer -- It Always Looks Suspicious

Not necessarily. “That’s why an educated eye should screen for it,” says Heather Rogers, M.D., a dermatologist in private practice at Madison Skin and Laser Center in Seattle and clinical faculty at the University of Washington. “Dermatologists are trained to pick up the most subtle changes in skin and evaluate them. We often catch precancerous changes.” People are usually advised to see their doctors if they notice any spot that’s asymmetrical, irregularly-shaped, multi-colored or changing shape. But those aren’t the only criteria that warrant a visit to the dermatologist. “If you have any new bump or any spot that’s bleeding, red and patchy, itchy or growing, it’s better to show it to your dermatologist and be reassured rather than ignore it,” says Dr. Rogers.

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