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What's That Spot? A Photo Guide to Skin Cancer

Is it a benign mole or something more? Check out our illustrated guide to basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
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Skin cancer can show up at any time, anywhere, and in any shape. That's why checking your body for suspicious spots and new moles should be done regularly, says Diane Madfes, MD, a Manhattan-based dermatologist and spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation.

This is what a benign mole can look like. In the following slides, you'll see three forms of skin cancer and what they might look like in early stages. And remember, even if you don't see your mole here, you should still have it checked out.