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