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What are the ABCDEs of examining moles?

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The ABCDEs are important characteristics to consider when examining moles. If a mole displays any of the signs listed below, have it checked immediately by a dermatologist. It could be cancerous.

  • Asymmetry. One half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • Border. The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular.
  • Color. The color of the mole is not the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
  • Diameter. The diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
  • Evolution. The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

From: Moles, Freckles, and Skin Tags WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology.

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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American Academy of Dermatology.

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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