The ABCDE's of Melanoma

Moles, brown spots and growths on the skin are usually harmless — but not always. Anyone who has more than 100 moles is at greater risk for melanoma. The first signs can appear in one or more atypical moles.

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About The ABCDE's of Melanoma

by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.

ABCDE's of Melanoma

Moles, brown spots and growths on the skin are usually harmless — but not always. Anyone who has more than 100 moles is at greater risk for melanoma. The first signs can appear in one or more atypical moles. That's why it's so important to get yourelf checked as soon as possible. Look for the ABCDE signs of melanoma, and if you see one or more, make an appointment with Dr. Kassir immediately.

A. Asymmetry

If you draw a line through a cancerous mole, the two halves will not match.

B. Border

The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.

C. Color

Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or some other color

D. Diameter

Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil (1/4 inch or 6 mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

E. Evolving

Any change -- in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting -- points to danger.

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