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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. One of the things to watch for is
You should be concerned if the pigmentation in 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.
Changes in color distribution, especially the spread of color from the edge of
a mole into the surrounding skin, also are an early sign of melanoma. Call your
doctor if you notice these types of colors on a mole or other skin
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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