The ABCDEs of Melanoma

Last updated: June 2021

Detecting melanoma as early as possible is crucial. Dermatologists use the ABCDE's to diagnose and classify melanoma on the body during skin checks. ABCDE stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving. This aid device/ assessment can help to remember what the characteristics of melanoma are. It is common for melanoma to have some or even all of the ABCDE features.

We put together a PDF file with several examples of what a normal mole looks like versus what melanoma looks like. If you do notice any suspicious lesions, we highly recommend contacting your dermatologist and scheduling a skin check.

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