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Asymmetry is a warning sign for skin cancer

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2019 | Failure To Diagnose |

Skin cancer is a very common skin disease, and it can often be treated to prevent any long-term ramifications. It’s sometimes just a simple matter of removing the cancerous spot through surgery, and the recovery time may be a few weeks with stitches. Every case is different, of course, but acting quickly is the key. You want to catch skin cancer during the early stages.

After all, cancer of any kind is nothing to take lightly. It can spread. It can become fatal. This is even true for skin cancer if it gets ignored for too long.

One thing to look out for when examining moles is asymmetry. A traditional mole will be roughly symmetrical. This means that both halves are the same. If you drew a line that ran right across the middle of the mole, everything on both sides of that line would essentially match.

When a mole becomes cancerous, it often grows out of control, and that can lead to asymmetry. Both sides would appear very different. One side may be wider, thicker or taller.

Cancerous moles are often very dark, as well. A benign mole may be a pale pink or white, matching your skin. Melanoma may be very dark, venturing into brown or even black. This really makes it stand out, especially if it has a unique shape.

So, what do you do if you go to the doctor, and they fail to diagnose your mole as skin cancer? This can have dramatic consequences, and you must know if you have a right to seek financial compensation to help cover your costs.


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