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How to Assess a mole

ABCDE

  • Asymmetry – Melanoma is often asymmetrical, which means the shape isn’t uniform. Non-cancerous moles are typically uniform and symmetrical in shape. 

  • Border – Melanoma often has borders that aren’t well defined or are irregular in shape, whereas non-cancerous moles usually have smooth, well-defined borders.

  • Color – Melanoma lesions are often more than one color or shade. Moles that are benign are typically one color.

  • Diameter – Melanoma growths are normally larger than 6mm in diameter, which is about the diameter of a standard pencil.

  • Evolution – Melanoma will often change characteristics, such as size, shape or color. Unlike most benign moles, melanoma tends to change over time. If a mole or skin growth has any of the ABCDEs of melanoma, the patient should be refferred urgently to a dermatologist.