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What is a good way to remember the characteristics of melanoma?

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"ABCDE" is a good way to remember what to look for:

  • Asymmetry. The shape of one half doesn't match the other.
  • Border. The edges are ragged or blurred.
  • Color. It has uneven shades of brown, black, tan, red, white, or blue.
  • Diameter. There's been a significant change in size.
  • Evolving. This means any new spot or mole changing in color, shape, or size, and any spot that itches, bleeds or becomes painful..

From: The Sun and Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

National Cancer Institute: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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American Academy of Dermatology.

FDA.

National Cancer Institute: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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