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Signs and symptoms of melanoma may include:

  • A mole that changes in size/shape/color, has irregular edges or borders, is more than one color, is asymmetrical, itches, oozes/bleeds
  • Change in colored skin
  • New moles that grow near existing moles

Factors that may increase your risk of developing melanoma include:

  • Having a fair complexion (fair skin that burns easily, blue/green/light colored eyes, red or blonde hair)
  • Exposure to natural or artificial sunlight for long periods of time
  • History of blistering sunburns
  • Having several large or many small moles
  • Family history of unusual moles or melanoma
  • Being Caucasian

Some tests that your provider may do to determine if you have melanoma include:

  • Skin exam – check for moles, birthmarks, and other pigmented areas that may look abnormal in color, size, shape, or texture
  • Biopsy – remove a small amount of abnormal tissue to look at under a microscope to determine if there are signs of cancer

Types of treatment for melanoma include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy

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