Skin Cancer Warning Signs: What to Look For

We sat down recently with Howard Kaufman, MD, director of the Rush University Cancer Center, to talk about ways people can detect and try to prevent skin cancer.

The key is to look for changes in a mole, says Kaufman, a surgical oncologist and melanoma expert. Those changes may include asymmetry, size, color and bleeding.

It’s important to see a dermatologist if you’re concerned about a mole, Kaufman says.

“Most skin cancers actually develop rather slowly,” he says. “Even the deadliest form of melanoma can take up to a year to really develop and establish itself. Therefore if you see the dermatologist on a regular basis, you’ll likely be able to detect most skin cancers early.”

See more of Kaufman’s skin cancer information and advice at

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