Download the AAD's body mole map to note the results of your self-examination. Consult your dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit:
| ||A = Asymmetry |
One half is unlike the other half.
| ||B = Border |
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
| ||C = Color |
Is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue.
| ||D = Diameter |
Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
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|E = Evolving |
A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
If you notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.