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The ABCDEs of Melanoma

ABCDEs of the Melanoma

Summer starts now! More sun means more outdoor activities and more exposure to harmful UV rays. Even if you protect yourself, it is still a good idea to check for possible signs of melanoma. An easy-to-remember way of doing this is to remember the ABCDE’s of Melanoma1. These are the characteristics that doctors use to diagnose and classify melanomas. Check out the video below to learn what ABCDE stands for.

A change in your skin is the most common sign of skin cancer.3 So ensure you check your skin regularly and remember that melanomas can occasionally occur in places other than your skin, like under a fingernail or inside the mouth. If you observe new or changing spots, show them to your doctor.

 

1 https://www.cancer.org/cancer/melanoma-skin-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/signs-and-symptoms.html

2 https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/find/at-risk/abcdes

3 https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/symptoms.htm