How to Spot the Deadliest Skin Cancer

You know you should wear sunscreen, but that doesn't mean you always do it.

If you're worried your many days in the rays have caught up with you, experts at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City have developed an easy way for you to detect the deadliest form of skin cancer--melanoma--so you can seek life-saving treatment early.

And all you have to do is remember your ABCs.

The ABCDE method of identifying melanoma:
Asymmetry: Half of the mole is not like the other half.

Border: The mole is irregular, scalloped or poorly defined.

Color: The mole has variations in color from one area to another or has different shades of tan, brown, black and sometimes white, red or blue.

Diameter: The mole is bigger than the size of a pencil eraser.

Evolving: The mole changes in size, shape or color.

What you should do:

  • If you have a mole or spot that is of concern, keep a close watch on it, using the ABCDE guide.

  • See a dermatologist if you notice any change in the mole or if you just want it checked by a professional.

  • Faithfully wear sunscreen!

--From the Editors at Netscape

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