The ABCDE’s of Suspicious Moles

Your Guide to Skin Cancer Detection

According to the American Skin Cancer Society, 76,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma and nearly 10,000 will die from skin cancer this year. It’s time to ditch the temporary summer tan for health and safety. Here is a guide to help you determine if you need to see a doctor.

A – Asymmetrical: The mole should be round in shape. It’s the irregular shapes that need to be checked by a doctor, preferably a dermatologist.

B – Border: The border of a non-cancerous mole is smooth. There may be cause for concern if it is jagged.

C – Color: Regular moles are typically gray or brown. Potentially cancerous moles may have more than one color.

D – Diameter: Size does matter, when it comes to moles. Be concerned with any mole that you notice growth. If it’s bigger than a pencil eraser, you’ve got a reason to see your doctor.

E – Evolution: If you have noticed a new mole, it’s time to see your physician. Cancerous moles can appear in all areas of the body, even parts that have never seen the light of day.

For more information, please visit www.cancer.org and www.skincancer.org.

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