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Tattoos, moles, and melanoma

Posted August 05, 2013, 3:13 pm Robert Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications When I first began to see patients with tattoos, I marveled at the novelty and variety of this “skin art.” But now that tattooing has become more common—an estimated 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 18 and 50 has one—reports of skin cancer “hiding” in a tattoo takes on added significance. …

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