The ABCs of skin cancer

The ABCs of skin cancer

The American Academy of Dermatology says only 8 percent of surveyed U.S. workers reported having a skin exam the previous 12 months. Take a look at the warning signs using the“ABCDE” method to identify suspicious skin growths - to know if it's time for you to get a skin mole or mark checked.

 

 

1. Asymmetry: One half doesn’t match the other, as seen in this melanoma.

 

 

 

2. Border: This melanoma shows a ragged, uneven border.

 

 

 

 

3. Color: This normal mole shows even pigmentation, with no difference in shades.

 

 

 

 

4. Diameter: Normal moles are usually less than six millimeters wide.

 

 

 

5. Evolving: Be wary of any growth that changes size, shape or skin color.

Photos courtesy of Skin Cancer Foundation


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Maggi M

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I read an article about skin cancers and noted a spot on my shoulder that looked a lot like the "color" picture above. I immediatly made an appointment with my dermatologist who carved it away and sent it for a biopsy. it turned out to be Squomous cell (spelling?) cancer - not a dangerous one. But it pays to pay attention to your body.

Maggi M

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I read an article about skin cancers and noted a spot on my shoulder that looked a lot like the "color" picture above. I immediatly made an appointment with my dermatologist who carved it away and sent it for a biopsy. it turned out to be Squomous cell (spelling?) cancer - not a dangerous one. But it pays to pay attention to your body.

Greg Pena

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The one millimeter is roughly the thickness of a credit card.

john d

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some melanomas do not look like any of the pictures. I've had two excised and both were not typical. My dermatologists were quite sure that they were not melanoma but the biopsies showed they were! So watch carefully! I caught them very early and margins were clear and doctors all happy, and so am I!

Lily Crook

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I had none of this - I had a bump. The doctor I saw had these pictures at his practice and should have know a difference from a bump and what skin cancers look like. Randolph Smith didn't care. He traumatized and butchered up my face and I was never told before, during or afterwards what had been done to me. The only thing I was ever told was afterwards I was told "You look like zorro has been on your face" I have to live with my messed up face due to my stupidty in going to this doctor and his stupidty, Thank goodness I have a husband that loves me and still thinks I'm beautiful. I wish I had paid more attention to what a skin cancer looks like. I wouldn't be messed up now!

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