When should I call my doctor?

You should have a skin examination by a doctor if you have any of the following:

  • A personal history of skin cancer or atypical nevi (moles).
  • A family history of skin cancer.
  • A history of intense sun exposure as a young person and painful or blistering sunburns.
  • New, numerous, or large moles.
  • A mole that is changing in size, color, or shape.
  • Any mole that itches, bleeds or is tender.

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