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Knowing Your Skin Can Save Your Life

 

Most people’s conception of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—is the kind of thing that might be documented on a TV show with a title like Moles Gone Bad. And to be sure, any existing mole that changes shape or color should be checked out by a dermatologist, but quick.

But an August 2017 review of 38 studies by a team at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia found a surprising pattern: of over 20,000 documented melanomas, less than 30 percent of arose from existing moles. The implication is that, as important as it is to monitor changes to your existing moles, it’s no less important to recognize the appearance of new moles. (Technically, a melanoma is not…

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