While melanoma represents just 5% of all skin cancers, it’s also the most deadly form of this condition. While skin cancers like basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are more common, melanoma is more likely to spread to different parts of the body if it isn’t caught early. Luckily, melanoma is often curable when caught in its early stages. Learn about the ABDCEs of melanoma, a helpful tool used to identify any abnormal growths and aid in the early detection of this condition.
The ABCDEs of Melanoma
- A – Asymmetry. Normal moles and lesions are typically symmetrical, meaning that if you drew a line through it, you would see two symmetrical halves. Melanoma lesions are usually asymmetrical, and these halves will not match.
- B – Border. Melanoma lesions will often have an irregular or uneven border, with blurry, scalloped, jagged or notched edges.
- C – Color. While benign moles are often just one color, the colors of a melanoma lesion can vary from one area to another. These lesions often contain shades of tan, brown or black but may also include areas that turn red, blue or white.
- D – Diameter. Melanomas are typically larger than 6mm in diameter, which is just about the size of a pencil eraser. However, they may start out smaller, so it’s important to monitor them over time.
- E – Evolution. One of the most important things you can do in the early detection of melanoma is to watch the evolution of any lesions or moles you may have. Lesions that change shape, color, size, elevation or start itching, crusting or bleeding can all signal the onset of melanoma.
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