Do you know your ABCDE’s?


Skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 1 in 5 Americans will develop a skin cancer over their lifetime and one person dies from melanoma every hour. Yearly skin checks with your dermatologist are a must and can save your life but it is also important to do self checks regularly at home.

Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer and to be able to recognize a suspicious lesion you need to look for the following ABCDE’s:

  • Asymmetry. Both halves of a mole should match.
  • Border irregularity. Edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
  • Color. If skin color varies from one area to another
  • Diameter. Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm, but can be smaller when diagnosed.
  • Evolving. Keep an eye out for unusual looking moles or skin lesions, especially when changing in size, shape or color.

Remember to take a few minutes regularly to check your skin at home and don’t forget to schedule your annual skin exam with your dermatologist. It could save your life!

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