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Melanoma ABCDE | Ask Dr. Collins

How do I know if my mole needs to be checked by a doctor? If you are worried about a mole or brown spot, it’s best to make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. However, there are some characteristics you can look out for as you perform recommended self-skin checks. What’s called the ABCDE’s of Melanoma can help you determine if your mole may be a cause for concern: Asymmetrical shape: Most spots that test positive for melanoma are unevenly shaped. Benign moles are almost always symmetrical. Border: Moles that are not cancerous have smooth borders, while malignant spots tend to have crooked edges. Color: A red flag for melanoma is the presence of more than one color. Benign moles are commonly a single shade of brown, but cancerous moles can take on multiple shades like blue, brown and black. Diameter: Most malignant moles are greater than six millimeters in diameter, or about ¼ of an inch. Evolution: Has your mole changed shape, size or color? If you notice changes to moles on your body, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. Again, if any mole or spot on your skin is causing you anxiety or worry, it’s best to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.  Click to book online