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The ABCDEs of Melanoma

Mar 24, 2015

Those who have undergone skin cancer treatment in Arlington Heights understand just how serious melanoma can be, as do their brave families and friends who support them during the course of treatment. As the most dangerous type of skin cancer, melanoma can have devastating effects if left untreated. Let’s take a closer look at the ABCDEs of melanoma.

Moles with Assymetry and Irregular Borders

The very first feature to look out for if you suspect a melanoma is asymmetry, otherwise known as the “a” in the ABCDEs of this form of skin cancer. Moles that are not symmetrical in shape are atypical and should be closely monitored. While examining assymetrical moles, check for the “b” of the ABCDEs, which is “border”. A healthy mole will feature even, non-scalloped edges.

Colors to Look Out For

The next letter, “c”, stands for “color”, and is meant to describe the threat that a mole presents if it is multicolored. A dermatologist should look at moles that feature a variety of brown, tan, or black hues as soon as possible. Other colors to look out for include irregular shades like white or blue.

A Troubling Diameter

Do you know what a normal diameter is for a mole? Cosmetic dermatology professionals advise you to have your moles looked at if they are larger than one quarter of an inch in diameter. This equates roughly to the size of the eraser on a pencil. Do note that melanomas can also be smaller as well.

Ever-Evolving Changes Worth Noting

The last of the ABCDEs for you to keep an eye out for is “evolution”, meaning any major changes that might have occurred concerning the shape, color, or size of the mole. In addition to changes in the physical appearance, new developments in how the mole feels such as being itchy could indicate it is cancerous.

If you are concerned about melanoma and want to learn more about your risk for developing it, then speak with the dermatologists at Arlington Dermatology today. Call [company-phone id=1] to book an appointment or to learn more about our cosmetic dermatology services.

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