The first line of defense against melanoma starts with you. Help ensure that melanoma is diagnosed in its earliest, most treatable stage by examining your skin regularly
Melanoma is the most deadly of all the skin cancers. It is important to know how to recognize the early warning signs of malignant melanoma. Look for the ABCD's of melanoma, and if you see one or more, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately.
A - Asymmetrical Shape Melanoma lesions are typically irregular, or not symmetrical, in shape. Benign moles are usually symmetrical.
B - Border Typically, non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders. Melanoma lesions usually have iregular borders that are difficult to define.
C - Color The presence of more than one color (blue, black, brown, tan, etc.) or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma. Benign moles are usually a single shade of brown or tan.
D - Diameter Melanoma lesions are often greater than 6 millimeters in diameter (approximately the size of a pencil eraser).