All moles should be evaluated using the ABCDE’s of Melanoma:
ASYMMETRY: one side is unlike the other side
BORDER: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border
COLOR: varied shades of tan, brown, red, white, or black
DIAMETER: larger than 6mm, or the tip of a pencil eraser
EVOLVING: a mole that is slowly changing in shape, size, or color
If any of your moles seem worrisome, unusual, or changing in any way, please make an appointment to see your dermatologist. Most moles are not melanoma, but your dermatologist can either reassure you, or perform a biopsy to check the mole. Routine examination of the skin helps to detect skin cancer or dysplastic moles early when they are most treatable.