Itchy or painful moles sign of cancer?

Dermatologists may want to ask their patients whether suspicious moles are itchy or painful -- because both symptoms may be signals for skin cancer.

A study of 268 patients at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center finds more than a third of skin cancer lesions are itchy and more than a quarter involve pain.

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas were more likely than melanomas to be itchy or painful.

Researchers say this may be an easy way for dermatologists to determine whether moles should be looked at more closely.

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