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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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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

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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Credit: Sunburn Alert Instagram

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.

Looking Beyond The Number of Moles

According to a new study from JAMA Dermatology, most melanoma patients do not have very many moles. This may come as a shock to many, especially since a person with a lot of moles is most of the time thought to be at a higher risk of cancer.

The study was led by Alan Geller of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The findings were surprising: about 66 percent of the 566 melanoma patients had zero to 20 moles total, and about 73 percent had no atypical moles.

Read more about it in TIME

This study showcases just how important it is to practice sun safety. Don't forget to apply sunscreen (and reapply!), get your skin checked (no matter how many moles or freckles you have) and seek shade when possible.

Have a suspicious mole on your skin? Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in a fun, easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma:

Number of Moles on Arm Could Predict Melanoma Risk

Have you checked the moles on your arm lately? Having 11 moles or more on your right arm might indicate an increased risk of melanoma, British researchers say.

The researchers used data from a 1995-20013 study and information from a UK melanoma case study. They discovered that men and women with 11 moles on their right arm were 9 times more likely to have more moles (roughly 100) across their entire body; meaning they were at a higher risk of developing melanoma. 

It is very important to get your skin checked every year by a medical professional. Regular skin checks will detect any unusual moles or skin formations that could be caused by the sun.

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. Read more on the different types of moles aka the ABCDE's of Melanoma.

Never forget your sunscreen and remember to always reapply. Seek shade when possible, wear a floppy hat and UPF clothing.

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