Doctor’s Approach – ABCDE Of Melanoma

Doctor’s Approach – ABCDE Of Melanoma


Hi I’m Dr. Marcy Street, medical director and founder of Doctors Approach dermatology. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and remember it can develop alone or from an existing mole. If there’s anything on your skin that looks suspicious it’s a good idea to get it checked out sooner than later. When melanoma is recognized and treated early it is almost always curable and that’s great news. Fortunately melanoma can be one of the easiest cancers spot if you know what you’re looking for. So remember the ABCDE’s of melanoma and that’s key spotting of suspicious mole “A” is for asymmetry – when one half of the mole does not match the appearance of the other half. “B” The borders are irregular, edges maybe ragged notched or blurred “C” the color is not uniform there may be shades of tan brown black all within one mole patches of red or white or blue in a very mottled appearance typically a benign mole is more even colored the diameter the growth of the mole is more than a fourth of an inch about the size of a pencil head eraser, “E” is for evolution or if a mole becomes elevated or changes in anyway with itching burning or bleeding when detected and treated early through annual body exams melanoma is almost always curable at doctors approach dermatology you’ll find the expert care and the experience that you can trust

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