What to look for

What to look for: The ABCDEs of melanoma

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Download the AAD's body mole map to note the results of your self-examination. Consult your dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit:

    A = Asymmetry
One half is unlike the other half.
    B = Border
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
    C = Color
Is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue.
    D = Diameter
Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
     
 
E = Evolving
A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

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