How to Spot Melanoma
Keeping an eye on moles and freckles can have a huge impact on preventing the spread of melanomas, a huge advantage as once the cancers spread they become increasingly difficult to treat.
- Melanomas on men are often found on the trunk, usually between the shoulders and hips
- Melanomas on women often develop on the lower legs
Follow this A-B-C-D-E guideline developed by the American Academy of Dermatology for identifying melanomas or other skin cancers.
Asymmetry: If the mole were folded in half, the sides wouldn’t match.
Border Irregularity: The mole’s edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.
Color: The mole is a nonuniform mixture of brown, black, red, white, or blue.
Diameter: The mole is wider than 6 millimeters (the size of a pencil eraser).
Evolving: The mole changes in size, shape, color, or symmetry.