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If I have a mole that changes, do I have melanoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

One of the earliest signs of melanoma is often a change in a mole. A normal mole should look the same on both halves, should not bleed, and should be a uniform color. If you notice a mole that has changed shape, size, or color, you should have it checked immediately. Often, moles that have changed aren't actually melanoma, but it's best to have it checked as soon as possible just in case.

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