With May being skin cancer awareness month, use the guidelines below to know what to look for when detecting skin cancer.
Asymmetry If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match.
Border The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven, irregular, scalloped or notched.
Color Coloring varies from one area to another- different shades if brown, tan, or black- and it can become red, blue or some other color.
Diameter Melanomas are usually larger than the size of the eraser on your pencil ( ¼ inch or 6mm) but they can be smaller when first detected.
Evolution Any changes in size, shape, color, elevation or new symptoms such as bleeding itching or crusting.
Always remember, when in doubt, have it checked out!
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