5 Tips for Spotting Melanoma

Do you know how to spot possible signs of Melanoma?
Here are 5 tips from the American Cancer Society:


  1. Check for any spots that look different from all the other spots on your skin
  2. See your doctor for changes in the surface of a mole, such as scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a lump or bump
  3. Similarly, don’t ignore changes in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness or pain
  4. Pay attention to sores that don’t heal, redness or new swelling beyond the border of a mole
  5. Employ the ABCDE rule to assess suspicious spots:
  • Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other
  • Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched or blurred
  • Color: The color is not the same all over and may include different shades of brown, black or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white or blue
  • Diameter: The spot is larger than 6mm across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this
  • Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape or color


We have a large population of recovered patients for our 40-year Retrospective Melanoma Study, but our hope is that early detection can decrease the number of Melanoma diagnosis.



American Cancer Society

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