ABCDEs of Melanoma Detection: How to Tell if a Mole Is Dangerous
Look for Danger Signs in Pigmented Lesions of the Skin
Consult your dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit:
Asymmetry--one half unlike the other half.
Border --irregular, scalloped or poorly circumscribed border.
Color -- varied from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue.
Diameter -- while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller. If you notice a mole different from others, or which changes, itches, or bleeds (even if it is small) you should see a dermatologist.
E Evolution -- If
you notice a mole that is growing or which changes, itches, or
bleeds you should see a dermatologist.
MIND THESE ABCDEs
They may be signs of malignant melanoma!