Skin Checks

Do You Know Your Melanoma ABCs

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Team MoleMap Creator
Posted 02/10/13

The ABCDE guide to melanoma detection was developed to help individuals identify features of early melanoma. Each letter stands for a feature of a mole that indicates trouble is potentially brewing.

Asymmetric: If one side of a mole looks different to the other then this could indicate melanoma.

Border: The edge of moles should be nice and smooth. If the edge of the mole has protrusions or looks scolloped then this could warrant having further investigation

Colour: Moles should be one consistent colour (e.g. brown) and not have multiple colours like black, red, white or blue

Diameter: Moles greater than 6mm should be watched i.e. moles larger than a pencil eraser.

Evolution: The universal truth about melanoma is change. If you have a mole that is changing size, shape or colour then you should have it checked.

Remember the A-E characteristics of melanoma is a guide only. If you have any concerns about a mole then it is best to have it checked by a health profession or MoleMap.