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.