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06/05/2013 02:50 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT

Do you know the warning signs of skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, but it's also the easiest to cure if diagnosed and treated early. As we mark Sun Awareness Week, we take a look at the warning signs of skin cancer.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends monthly self-examinations plus a yearly skin exam with a doctor to look for the following signs:

1. A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored.

2. A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that changes color, increases in size or thickness, changes in texture, is irregular in outline or is bigger than 6 millimetres.

3. Any mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that appears after the age of 21.

4. A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed.

5. An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.

PHOTOS | Step by step self-examination

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