The ABCDEs of Skin Cancer

It’s officially summer time now and everyone’s much more likely to pop out into the lovely summer sunshine.

Of course, you need the sun for Vitamin D (and it feels SO good!), but you also have to be aware of what happens when you get scorched — it can lead to skin cancer.

The good news is that skin cancer has a very high incidence, but a very low mortality. That’s because you can detect the melanomas very easily.

The graphic below from the American Melanoma Foundation provides a great guide to what is, and is not, cancerous based on visual inspection. Below this, find the self-examination guide

If any blemishes or moles on your skin meet ANY of these criteria, please please please go see a dermatologist. Plus, a sudden or continuous change in the appearance of a mole is also a sign that you should see your doctor.


A for Asymmetry
One half is different than the other half.

B for Border Irregularity
The edges are notched, uneven, or blurred.

C for Color
The color is uneven. Shades of brown, tan,
and black are present.

D for Diameter
Diameter is greater than 6 millimeters.

E for Evolving

When the mole changes over time.





Other Warning Signs:
• The appearance of a new bump or nodule
• Color spreads into surrounding skin
• redness or swelling beyond the mole
• pain
• tenderness
• itching
• bleeding
• oozing
• scaly appearance