Moles can vary from benign, irritating lesions, to dangerous, life-threatening melanoma. The difference between a benign growth and skin cancer can be difficult to differentiate. Altaire Clinic accepts insurance to help you medically screen your moles. If you see a mole or new spot on your skin that has the ABCDEs of melanoma, see your provider immediately.
- A is for Asymmetry. One half of the spot is unlike the other half.
- B is for Border. The spot has an irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.
- C is for Color. The spot has varying colors from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black, or areas of white, red, or blue.
- D is for Diameter. While melanomas are usually greater than 6 millimeters, or about the size of a pencil eraser, when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
- E is for Evolving. The spot looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.
*Source: American Academy of Dermatology