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Identifying Skin Cancer

Identifying Skin Cancer

Fighting melanoma must occur in two ways:  sun safety prevention techniques and monthly skin checks.  Monthly skin checks are done by checking every part of your body – including the areas not exposed to the sun (yes, your genitals) and look to see if moles have changed/appeared.   Since melanoma is attracted to pigment in the skin, it can show up anywhere.  While these cases are rare, it never hurts to be safe! The American Academy of Dermatology has created a body mole map that allows for documentation of those monthly skin exams. Identifying melanoma is as easy as ABC…DE.*

A:  Asymmetrical

melanoma-A

The mole does not have sides that match if you were to draw a line through it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B:  Border

melanoma-B

The border is uneven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C:  Color

The mole has changed color or has multiple colors.

The mole has changed color or has multiple colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D:  Diameter

The mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.

The mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

E:  Evolving

The mole has changed in some way.

The mole has changed in some way.

 

 

 

 

 

*Source, www.skincancer.org