Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer, but the good news is that survival rates are high if it is detected and treated early. To help her patients to detect melanoma, Boston dermatologist Dr. Tania Phillips gives them a simple list of questions to answer and asks them to remember their ABCDEs.
Are you at risk for melanoma?
If you answer YES to one or more of the following questions, you might be more likely to develop melanoma and we recommend that you get your skin examined regularly by a dermatologist. However, it does not mean that you will get melanoma.
How to spot melanoma
While doing a self-skin exam, look for signs of melanoma using the ABCDE method below. If you see one or more, make an appointment with your dermatologist.
A= Asymmetry – One half of the mole is different to the other half
If you are concerned about the appearance of your moles, or have risk factors for melanoma, don’t delay. Get your skin checked by a dermatologist. It could save your life!
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Image source: American Academy of Dermatology – http://www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer/understanding-skin-cancer/how-do-i-check-my-skin/what-to-look-for