The ABCDEs of Melanoma
Advanced Dermatology’s dermatologists and other providers have special expertise in recognizing warning signs of melanoma. However, you can play an important role by noting any changes in the way your skin looks, particularly changes to a mole or moles. When performing self-exams, keep the following in mind:
- A is for Asymmetry – One half of the mole does not match the other half.
- B is for Border irregularity – The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
- C is for Color – The color varies from one area to another. It could be brown or black, or might have patches of pink, red, white or blue.
- D is for Diameter – Melanomas are usually greater than 6 millimeters (the size of a pencil eraser) although they could be smaller.
- E is for Evolving – A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
If you see any of these signs, immediately schedule an appointment.