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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 diameter.
Diameter is width. If the
diameter across a mole or skin growth is larger than 1/4 inch (6 mm), or about
the size of a pencil eraser, talk to your doctor. Also, call your doctor if any
mole seems to be growing, even if it is still smaller than 1/4 inch (6
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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