ABCDE's Melanoma

Common Mistakes In Self-Diagnosing Skin Cancer

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. We recommend doing a thorough at-home skin exam. Pay close attention to new and old moles, freckles and spots that seem to be changing in size, shape and/or color.

Below are some common mistakes in self-diagnosing skin cancer, as well as knowing the types of skin markings on the body, called the ABCDE's of Melanoma. 

 

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The ABCDE's of Melanoma | Melanoma Awareness Month

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. 

Melanoma can be cured if found and treated early. 

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Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in an easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma: 

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A- ASYMMETRICAL SHAPE: MELANOMA LESIONS ARE OFTEN IRREGULAR, OR NOT SYMMETRICAL, IN SHAPE. BENIGN MOLES ARE USUALLY SYMMETRICAL.

B- BORDER: TYPICALLY, NON-CANCEROUS MOLES HAVE SMOOTH, EVEN BORDERS. MELANOMA LESIONS USUALLY HAVE IRREGULAR BORDERS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO DEFINE.

C- COLOR: THE PRESENCE OF MORE THAN ONE COLOR (BLUE, BLACK, BROWN, TAN, ETC.) OR THE UNEVEN DISTRIBUTION OF COLOR CAN SOMETIMES BE A WARNING SIGN OF MELANOMA. BENIGN MOLES ARE USUALLY A SINGLE SHADE OF BROWN OR TAN.

D- DIAMETER: MELANOMA LESIONS ARE OFTEN GREATER THAN 6 MILLIMETERS IN DIAMETER (APPROXIMATELY THE SIZE OF A PENCIL ERASER).

E- EVOLUTION: THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR MOLE(S) HAS BECOME THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR TO CONSIDER WHEN IT COMES TO DIAGNOSING A MELANOMA. KNOWING WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOU COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. IF A MOLE HAS GONE THROUGH RECENT CHANGES IN COLOR AND/OR SIZE, BRING IT TO THE ATTENTION OF A DERMATOLOGIST IMMEDIATELY. 

If you see one or more of these markings on your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. Catching melanoma early can make the difference between life and death. See your dermatologist regularly for skin screenings. 

You can also use the Ugly Duckling test to spot any suspicious markings on the body. If you're seeing a mole or marking that doesn't look like the rest, then that's a red flag. Get your skin checked immediately by a dermatologist

Please note: Not all melanomas fall within the ABCDE parameters so visit your dermatologist regularly to catch any potential issues early.

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Spotting Melanoma – Check Your Partner

When detected early, melanoma is highly treatable.

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According to The American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD), "Women are nine times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others, which means women could help save their partners' lives by helping them spot skin cancer. This is especially important for men over 50 as they have an increased risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population." 

Watch AAD's latest PSA (launched this past summer) called “Check Your Partner. Check Yourself"

Learn your ABCDE's of melanoma to spot any spacious markings, moles or freckles. 

The ABCDE's of Melanoma

Early detection is key for any type of cancer, that much is clear. When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. The ABCDE melanoma test can help you identify the warning signs for melanoma. 

The Mayo Clinic recently came out with a video to help break down each letter and what it stands for. Watch below: 

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Check your skin and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you notice any unfamiliar markings, spots or moles. 

READ: Spotting Melanoma On The Back

ABCDE's of Melanoma

We've talked about the ABCDE's of Melanoma before, but with this month being Melanoma Awareness Month we decided to refresh your memory and take a look at exactly what these letters mean.

These characteristics are used by dermatologists to classify melanoma. Look for these particular signs: Asymmetry, irregular Borders, more than one or uneven distribution of Color, or a large (greater than 6mm) Diameter, and Evolution of the mole. 

AXA PPP healthcare, a healthcare insurance firm, devised this video to help remember the ABCDE's. 

Take a look at your skin and thoroughly exam every mole and spot. Contact your dermatologist if you see something spacious.

The ABCDE's of Melanoma

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. It can be cured if found and treated early.

Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in an easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma. 

A- Asymmetrical Shape: Melanoma lesions are often irregular, or not symmetrical, in shape. Benign moles are usually symmetrical.

B- Border: Typically, non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders. Melanoma lesions usually have irregular borders that are difficult to define.

C- Color: The presence of more than one color (blue, black, brown, tan, etc.) or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma. Benign moles are usually a single shade of brown or tan.

D- Diameter: Melanoma lesions are often greater than 6 millimeters in diameter (approximately the size of a pencil eraser).

E- Evolution: The evolution of your mole(s) has become the most important factor to consider when it comes to diagnosing a melanoma. Knowing what is normal for you could save your life. If a mole has gone through recent changes in color and/or size, bring it to the attention of a dermatologist immediately.

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If you see one or more of these markings on your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. Catching melanoma early can make the difference between life and death. See your dermatologist regularly for skin screenings. 

Please note: Not all melanomas fall within the ABCDE parameters so visit your dermatologist regularly to catch any potential issues early.

How To Give Yourself A Thorough Skin Exam

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. It's important to check any type of skin markings on the body.

We recommend doing a skin exam from head to toe after the shower or bath. Here's some friendly tips on how to properly give yourself a thorough exam:

1. Learn about the ABCDE's of Melanoma so you are aware of what to look for on your body.

2. Make sure the room is well-lit and you are looking in a long length mirror.

3. Ask a friend or loved one to help examine the areas too difficult to exam yourself.

4. Look at every part of your body, especially your scalp, ears, elbows, legs and feet.

Do these 4 steps on a regular basis. Trust us, your skin will thank you!