Skin Cancer Screening: The ABCDEs of Melanoma
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | April 6, 2017
When it comes to melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer today, early detection makes all the difference. That’s because early detection has been shown to be the most effective treatment option for targeting skin cancer in the body, particularly malignant melanoma. For this reason, knowing how to detect problems and what to look for in suspicious areas of pigmentation is vital—and so is undergoing regular skin cancer screenings like the ones available from Dr. Weisberg and Kathryn LaCalamita, PA-C.
If you’re curious about what we look for when we visually inspect our patients’ skin, it’s all about the ABCDEs. This acronym represents five areas of concern that are used to spot atypical moles or melanoma:
- Asymmetry: Whereas benign moles on the body are typically symmetrical and balanced, lesions indicating melanoma are often irregular in shape.
- Border: A growth with smooth, even borders is typically non-cancerous, while a lesion with irregular borders can be a warning sign.
- Color: Generally speaking, benign moles will be one color, whether that color is black, brown or tan. Moles that indicate concern will feature multiple hues or uneven distribution of color.
- Diameter: Melanoma can come in any size . Typically lesions that are bigger than six millimeters in diameter (i.e., larger than a pencil eraser) are suspect.
- Evolution: Last but not least is how your mole has been changing over time. In fact, the evolution of your growth is the most important factor in diagnosing melanoma. If you notice a mole is changing size, color or something else, it needs to be evaluated right away.
Are you interested in setting up a skin cancer screening at our office? For patients throughout Jupiter, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Martin County, Skin Cancer Care Specialists is pleased to provide professional skin cancer evaluations right in our office. These visual inspections allow us to catch problems early, before they can spread. Contact us today to learn more!
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