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How do I check moles for melanoma?

When checking moles for melanoma skin cancer, the ABCDE method can help you remember what skin changes to look for.
  • Asymmetry: If you draw a line through the mole, the halves do not match.
  • Border: Borders are uneven, maybe scalloped or notched.
  • Color: Several colors are present in the mole, such as shades of brown, tan, and black. The mole could also turn blue or red.
  • Diameter: larger in diameter than the size of a pencil eraser (1/4 inch)
  • Evolving: Any changes to a mole are a warning sign, including changes in size, color, and shape or if it becomes itchy or bleeds.

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