Skin Cancer – How to check

It can be difficult to tell if a mole is skin cancer just by looking at it. However, there are some signs that a mole may be cancerous. The ABCDEs of melanoma are a useful guide to check for suspicious moles:

  • A for Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • B for Border: The edges of the mole are uneven or ragged.
  • C for Color: The color of the mole is uneven or may include shades of brown, black, pink, red, or blue.
  • D for Diameter: The mole is larger than 6 millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser) or growing in size.
  • E for Evolution: The mole has changed in any way, such as in size, shape, color, or symptoms (itching, bleeding, or crusting).

If you notice any of these signs in a mole, it’s important to see a dermatologist for proper diagnosis. A dermatologist may perform a biopsy to remove a small sample of the affected tissue for examination under a microscope.

It’s also important to note that not all skin cancer is related to moles, and some skin cancer can occur in normal-appearing skin. So, it’s best to see a dermatologist if you notice any new or changing spots on your skin, or have any concerns about your skin.Regenerate response