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It's that time of year again, when we're out in the sun. More than ever, we need to protect our skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Clint Moss joined Lisanne on Good Morning Texoma to talk about the warning signs for skin cancer. Also, whether tanning beds are better? Which SPF is best in sunscreen? Click on the video link for more answers or you can go to

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/moreinformation/skincancerpreventionandearlydetection/skin-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-what-to-look-for?gclid=CMiq_8a6q74CFaNj7Aod-EcArw

to see images of various forms of skin cancer:
http://americancancerfund.org/skin-cancer-melanoma-pix/?gclid=COup-dy7q74CFedj7Aod3W8AZQ

Possible signs and symptoms of melanoma

The most important warning sign for melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that’s changing in size, shape, or color. Another important sign is a spot that looks different from all of the other spots on your skin. If you have any of these warning signs, have your skin checked by a doctor.

The ABCDE rule is another guide to the usual signs of melanoma. Be on the lookout and tell your doctor about spots that have any of the following features:

  • A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
  • B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
  • C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
  • D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
  • E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
Some melanomas do not fit the rules described above, so it’s important to tell your doctor about any changes or new spots on the skin, or growths that look different from the rest of your moles.

Other warning signs are:

  • A sore that does not heal
  • Spread of pigment from the border of a spot to surrounding skin
  • Redness or a new swelling beyond the border
  • Change in sensation – itchiness, tenderness, or pain
  • Change in the surface of a mole – scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a bump or nodule