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What do I need to know about melanoma?

One easy way to remember common characteristics of melanoma is to think alphabetically – the ABCDEs of melanoma.

ABCDE stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving.

These are the characteristics of skin damage that board-certified dermatologists look for when diagnosing melanomas:

  • Asymmetry – Melanoma is often asymmetrical, which means the shape is not uniform. Non-cancerous moles are typically uniform and symmetrical in shape.
  • Border – Melanoma often has borders that are not well defined or are irregular in shape, whereas non-cancerous moles usually have smooth, well-defined borders.
  • Color – Melanomas are often more than one color or shade. Regular moles tend to be more uniform in color.
  • Diameter – Melanomas are typically (not always) larger than 6 mm in diameter, which is the diameter of a standard yellow pencil.
  • Evolution – Melanomas often change characteristics such as size, shape, or color. Unlike benign moles, melanomas tend to change over time.

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Apollo Dermatology - Board Certified Dermatologist Office serving Auburn Hills, Lake Orion, Rochester Hills, Troy MI, and all of Southeast Michigan