5 Signs of Melanoma
The easiest way to remember whether a spot on your skin could be melanoma is to thing of the letters “ABCDE”.
This memory trick was developed by the American Academy of Dermatology. The letters stand for:
- Asymmetry – these are moles or skin spots that are irregular in shape
- Border – the border of the spot is irregular or poorly defined
- Color – the spot has many colors or uneven distribution of colors
- Diameter – the spot is larger than the tip of a pencil eraser (1/4 inch or 6 millimeters)
- Evolving – the spot changes in size, shape and or color over time
Some melanomas may exhibit many of these characteristics. Others may exhibit one or two. And there are some that may not exhibit any. The best thing to do if you’re concerned is to see a dermatologist.