A – Asymmetry: Benign moles are usually symmetrical. A good way to tell if your mole is symmetrical or not is to draw a line through the middle, if the sides match it is most likely a regular mole. If the mole is asymmetrical, this could be a warning sign for melanoma.
B – Border: A benign mole will typically have a smooth border, unlike melanomas which tend to be uneven. Possible cancerous mole can have a scalloped of notched border.
C – Color: Color can be a good indicator of a cancerous mole. Most benign moles are one color, usually a shade of brown. If a mole has multiple colors, it could be a warning sign. Melanomas may be red, white or blue.
D – Diameter: The diameter of a mole could be a clue to if a mole is malignant or not. If a mole is smaller in diameter, chances are it is most likely benign. However, if a mole is larger in diameter (larger than an eraser tip on a pencil), this could be an indicate malignance.
E – Evolving: Benign moles tend to look the same over time. When a mole begins to evolve by changing color and shape, this may be a warning sign. Also, if you notice a mole bleeding, itching or crusting, be sure to have it checked out by your dermatologist.
Regardless of size or shape, it is important to schedule regular skin checks with your dermatologist to help identify possibly cancerous moles and to ensure no new moles have appeared. The more your familiarize yourself with your body and moles, the more likely you are to catch a warning sign. Book your next skin cancer screening online!