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Skin Cancer and Moles

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. One person dies of melanoma every hour. Utah has one of the highest melanoma rates in the country.

There are a number of factors that can increase a person's risk of developing melanoma. One risk factor is having many moles or abnormal moles.

Two of the best ways to protect yourself from melanoma:

  • Avoid sunburns and ultraviolet radiation.
  • Check your skin for any changes in moles. Watch for melanoma’s danger signs:
    • Asymmetry
    • Border (irregular)
    • Color (multiple)
    • Diameter (>6mm)
    • Evolving ** most important

If you notice any changes, or find moles that do not look like your other moles, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor may suggest mole mapping. Mole mapping is the best way to keep track of skin changes. Mole mapping involves photographing all areas of the skin where melanoma may occur, and then using those photographs for a side by side comparison at each subsequent clinic visit.

For more information on your risk for skin cancer or mole mapping, please call the Huntsman Cancer Learning Center at toll free (888) 424-2100 or text “askhci” to 66746.

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