New skin cancer warning: not all suspect moles are dark

Be warned — you may have more potential skin cancers than you think.

Until now, public health messages about skin cancer haven’t warned about paler, less obvious lesions.

“Typically, a lot of people assume, wrongly, that melanomas are associated with dark pigmented moles,” said Chris McMillan, the CEO of Cancer Council Queensland.

But research has shown that risks missing a significant number of potential lethal melanomas.

“Realistically, we find that 20 per cent of melanomas are pale-coloured lesions,” Mr McMillan said. Read more… 

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