The Bismarck Cancer Center (BCC) allows patients in our area to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment and caring support while staying close to home and loved ones. We have a highly-skilled and compassionate team of radiation therapists, medical physicists, nurses and dosimetrists working with your radiation oncologist to care for you during your treatment.
Dr. Cole Kreofsky
Skin Cancer Awareness


w/ Dr. Cole Kreofsky, Radiation Oncologist, Bismarck Cancer Center

Q: How can I tell the difference between melanoma and other forms of skin cancer?

A: Like most skin cancers, melanoma may appear as a dark, painless spot or sore on the skin. The spot may change shape and color and bleed as it develops. Unlike most skin cancers, melanoma may develop on parts of the body not normally exposed to the sun, such as the groin, armpits or bottoms of the feet. The ABCDE method may help you determine if an abnormal growth on your skin may be melanoma: 

  • Asymmetry: The mole has an irregular shape.
  • Border: The edge is not smooth, but irregular .
  • Color: The mole has uneven shading or dark spots.
  • Diameter: The spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Evolving or Elevation: The spot is changing in size, shape, or texture.

You should examine your skin head to toe once a month, looking for any suspicious lesions. Melanoma is much easier to treat successfully if it is found early, while the growth is confined to the outer layer of skin. The only way to be sure if a mole is melanoma is to have it examined by a doctor.


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