The ABCDEs of Melanoma

Our dermatologists say, “SPF is your BFF” for a reason. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer within their lifetime.

At Dermatology Institute and Laser Center, we recommend that you regularly screen yourself at home for any changes in your existing moles – and keep the ABCDEs of melanoma in mind when doing so.

  • A stands for asymmetry. If one half of a mole or lesion doesn’t match the other half, this may be a sign of melanoma.
  • B stands for border irregularity. Melanoma often has uneven or blurred edges that are difficult to define.
  • C stands for color variability. Melanoma can have a variety of colors within the same lesion, including shades of brown, black, and even pink or red.
  • D stands for diameter. Lesions that are larger than a pencil eraser (6mm) may be more likely to be melanoma, although smaller lesions can still be dangerous.
  • E stands for evolving. Any changes to an existing mole or lesion, including changes in size, shape, color, or texture, should be evaluated by a dermatologist.

If you’re concerned about your existing or potential sun damage or skin cancer, please don’t wait to make an appointment at our practice! Call our Clifton (973-472-1000) or North Bergen (201-255-4046) location to schedule a consultation.