Did you know that melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer? Although it is less common than other forms of skin cancer it can spread quickly and develop anywhere on the skin. The disease is caused from overexposure to sun or ultraviolet radiation, especially within people that have fair skin.
There are five major signs/symptoms to look for when determining if you may have some form of Melanoma. These are known as the ABCDE’s of Melanoma and they include:
A-Asymmetry: Early forms of melanoma are asymmetrical, meaning that you cannot draw a line down the middle and have equal parts on each side.
B-Borders: Uneven borders with irregularities or blurs.
C-Color: Varying shades of brown, blue or black.
D-Diameter (size): Melanoma tend to be larger than normal moles, ones the size of a pencil eraser are something that you should look at closely.
E-Evolving: Any changes in the size, shape, color, or feel.
If you are unsure if any of these signs pertain to you or notice that some might, do not hesitate to set up an appointment immediately at the Neiman Dermatology Building.