Dr. Mark S. Anthony, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Dawn M. Heil, M.D., F.A.C.S.
445 East Water Street * Elmira, NY 14901
The ABCDE's of Melanoma:
Look for the ABCDE's of Melanoma, and if you see one or more, make an appointment immediately.
A - Asymmetrical Shape
Melanoma lesions are typically irregular, or not symmetrical, in shape. Benign moles are usually symmetrical.
B - Border
Typically, non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders. Melanoma lesions usually have irregular borders that are difficult to define.
C - Color
The presence of more than one color (blue, black, brown, tan, etc) or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma. Benign moles are usually a single shade of brown or tan.
D - Diameter
Melanoma lesions are often greater than 6 millimeters in diameter (approximately the size of a pencil eraser).
E - Evolution
The evolution of your mole(s) has become the most important factor to consider when it comes to melanoma. Knowing what is normal for YOU can save your life. If a mole has gone through recent changes in color and or size, get it checked out immediately.
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