Cases of melanoma are on the rise and have doubled in the last 35 years. 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma every year. 3% of all cancers are melanoma and white patients are 20x more likely to develop melanoma.
The ABCDEs of Melanoma
- A – Asymmetry – one half is unlike the other half.
- B – Border – Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
- C – Color – Varied from one area to another, has shades of tan, brown, or black: sometimes white, red, or blue.
- D – Diameter – Typically greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed but can be smaller.
- E – Evolving – A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.