Most brown spots that crop up on the backs of your hands or across your chest and shoulders are harmless marks – usually they’re age spots, clusters of pigment that form after being overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays. But new spots should always be carefully checked to make sure they’re not skin cancer. If a spot enlarges, changes color or shape, bleeds, itches, or thickens, have your doctor check it out right away. Here are the easy-to-remember ABCDs of melanoma from the American Cancer Society:
A is for asymmetry: If one half of the spot does not match the other, it could mean trouble.
B is for border: Watch for irregular edges that are notched or blurred.
C is for color: Look for spots that aren’t the same color all over.
D is for diameter: If it’s larger than the head of a pencil eraser, or getting bigger, see your doctor.
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