One easy way to remember common characteristics of melanoma is to think alphabetically:
Melanoma is often asymmetrical, which means the shape isn’t uniform. Non-cancerous moles are typically uniform and symmetrical in shape.
Melanoma often has borders that aren’t well defined or are irregular in shape, whereas non-cancerous moles usually have smooth, well-defined borders.
Melanoma lesions are often more than one color or shade. Moles that are benign are typically one color.
Melanoma growths are normally larger than 6mm in diameter, which is about the diameter of a standard pencil.
Melanoma will often change characteristics, such as size, shape or color. Unlike most benign moles, melanoma tends to change over time.
If you have a mole or skin growth, watch it for signs of changes. If you notice any of the ABCDEs of melanoma, make an appointment right away to be evaluated by a dermatologist.
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