Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that often appears in a changing mole or as a new mole. It is important to know what moles you have, where they are and if they are changing.

When caught early, melanoma is often curable. However, it grows quickly and can spread to other parts of the body. As a result, melanoma can be deadly.

See a dermatologist if you notice a:

  • Mole on the skin that is growing, changing shape or changing color
  • Mole that looks scaly, oozes or bleeds
  • New flat, dark spot on the skin that looks like a mole, but grows quickly
  • Pain, itch or bleeding in a new spot on the skin
  • Streak (usually brown or black) underneath a fingernail or toenail
  • Bruise on the foot that does not heal

For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology at