abcde of melanoma

It is important to know melanoma signs and what to look for. The “ABCDE’s” of melanoma is a helpful way to remember how to identify it.

A: Asymmetry.
A is for asymmetrical shape. Look for moles with irregular shapes such as 2 very different looking halves.

B: Borders.
Look to see if the mole or lesion has an irregular border. These could be borders that are irregular, notched, or scalloped.

C: Color.
Look for changes in color. Look for moles or lesions that have many colors or an uneven distribution of color.

D: Diameter.
Look for new growth in a mole larger than ¼ inch (about 6 millimeters)

E: Evolving.
Changing over time. This is the most important symptom of all. Suspicious symptoms in a mole may include: itching, oozing, bleeding, or a sore that does not heal. Rarely is pain involved.

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