Clarkston Dermatology
1-248-620-3376 5701 Bow Pointe Drive
Suites 215 & 217
Clarkston, MI 48346

ABCDEs of Melanoma

Detecting Melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, early on is essential when it comes down to curing and treating it. For this reason, it is important to screen your entire body on a monthly basis to search for any pigmented lesions that look suspicious or out of the ordinary. Irregularities in an existing lesion or newly formed pigmented lesion could be an indication of melanoma. If such lesions do develop, it is very important to make an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible.

Asymmetry Melanoma A = Asymmetry
One half is unlike the other half.
border Melanoma B = Border
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
color of Melanoma C = Color
Is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue.
Diameter of Melanoma D = Diameter
Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
evolution of Melanoma E = Evolving
A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

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