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What signs should you watch out for when looking for melanoma skin cancer?

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When looking for melanoma, think of the ABCDE rule that tells you the signs to watch for:

  • Asymmetry - the shape of one half doesn't match the other
  • Border - edges are ragged or blurred
  • Color - uneven shades of brown, black, tan, red, white or blue
  • Diameter - A change in size (greater than 6mm) -- ask your dermatologist about any mole that's getting larger should be brought to the attention of your dermatologist; many melanomas are being diagnosed at much smaller diameters.
  • Evolving - any new spot or mole that is changing in color, shape or size or itches or bleeds.

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology. FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology. FDA.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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