Know Your ABCDE’s

It’s important to do a quick look over your body now and then for any irregular moles or bumps, especially if you have over 100 moles, you’re at a higher risk for skin cancer. As an esthetician, I always keep an eye on my clients and will mention if something looks irregular, I recommend they see a dermatologist.

  • Asymmetry: If you draw a line through the mole, and the two halves do not match, this is a warning sign.a.jpg
  • Border: The borders of early melanoma tend to have uneven edges

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  • Color: Malignant moles have different shades of browns, blacks, blues or even white

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  • Diameter: If the diameter is larger than a pencil tip eraser, it could signal an abnormality

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  • Evolving: If a mole is crusting, itching or bleeding and/or changes over time in shape, size, color or elevation, get this checked

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Photo source: SkinCancer.org

One thought on “Know Your ABCDE’s

  1. Great post! I recently went to the dermatologist because, well moles… also winning the genetic lottery of horrible skin conditions. My dermatologist was all about moles changing quickly. I had one scary looking one, and he said it it starts changing really quickly, like over the course of a few weeks to a month, then that is cause for concern.

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