Skin Cancer, Melanoma (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for melanoma include:1
When To Call a Doctor
The most important warning sign for melanoma is a change in size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin growth (such as a birthmark). Call your doctor if you have:
Call your doctor immediately if you have been diagnosed with melanoma and:
Watchful waiting, or surveillance, is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not appropriate for melanoma. See your doctor if you have any suspicious changes in a mole or other skin growth. Melanoma can be cured if it is diagnosed early, before it grows or spreads.
Who To See
The following health professionals can help diagnose melanoma:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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