If you notice one or more of the following ABCDE’s below, please speak to you health care provider.
When spotted early, melanoma has a cure rate of 85%. Check your skin monthly.
The two halves of the mole have different shapes.
The edge of the mole is irregular. It may look blurred, ragged, or notched. Pigment may spread into the skin around the mole.
The colour of the mole is uneven. The mole may have different shades of tan, brown, and black, sometimes with blue, gray, red, pink, or white.
While melanomas are usually greater than 6 mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
The mole has changed in the past few weeks or months. It may be itchy, scaling or bleeding.