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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:

A

Asymmetry–one half unlike the other half.

B

Border –irregular, scalloped or poorly circumscribed border.

C

Color — varied from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue.

D

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!


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