Signs & Symptoms

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Signs of Malignant Melanoma – Mind the ABCDs

Remember: Prompt surgical excision of an early melanoma offers an excellent chance of a cure. If you have any doubt about a mole, see a dermatologist.

 A=Asymmetry

A=Asymmetry

 One half unlike the other half.

B=Border

B=Border

Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.

C=Color

 C=Color

Varied from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue.

  

D=Diameter

D=Diameter

Larger than 6 mm (millimeters) as a rule (approximately the diameter of a pencil eraser).

 

Moffitt Cancer Center Screening and Prevention focuses on helping people determine their risk for cancer, finding cancers early – when they are most treatable – or preventing them entirely. It is the first stop when it comes to eliminating cancer in our community.

 
 
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