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Skin cancer is becoming more common, and people are getting it at younger ages. In 2007, there were more new cases of melanoma in Utah than in any other state. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is one cancer which can often be seen. It is important for people to check their skin monthly for signs of skin cancer.
Click on the questions below to find out answers to some questions you may have.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following steps to perform a skin check (for pictures, click on the link above):
Look for anything unusual. This could be a mole that looks different than your other moles, or a spot that changes, itches, or bleeds. If you notice a spot on your skin that has changed, or an unusual mole, talk to your doctor to find out if it is skin cancer.
Other things to look for include (for pictures, click here):
Also look for red patches or shiny bumps, sores that don't heal, scaly patches, or raised, wart-like growths.
If you find a suspicious mole or other spot on your skin, talk to your doctor right away. Your doctor can remove the mole or spot and test it to see if it is cancer.
It is important to find skin cancer early. When skin cancer is found early, it can often be surgically removed.