Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that arises from the pigment cells of the skin known as melanocytes. Melanomas can arise from moles. Moles can over time undergo DNA damage and become melanomas. Everyone is at some risk for melanoma, even dark-skinned individuals. Factors such as sun exposure, multiple moles or family history of melanoma increase the risk of developing melanoma. Look for the ABCDEs of melanoma, and if you see any then make an appointment with us immediately.
ABCDE’s of Melanoma:
- Asymmetry: If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match, meaning it is asymmetrical; a warning sign for melanoma.
- Border: The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.
- Color: Having a variety of colors (a number of different shades of brown, tan, black or red) is another warning signal.
- Diameter: Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil.
- Evolving: Any change – in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, and itching.
Melanoma skin cancer can be fatal and requires immediate attention. If detected early, it’s very treatable. Please schedule your skin cancer check.