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Medical & Surgical Dermatology

ABCDEs of Melanoma

Early detection is key when it comes to treating and curing Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.   That's why it is very important to inspect your entire body EVERY MONTH for pigmented lesions that could spell trouble.  Any irregularity in an existing lesion or a newly developed pigmented lesion could be a sign of melanoma and should be examined by a dermatologist.  Remember-- the ABCDEs of Melanoma.

A is for Asymmetry--  One half does not match the other.




B is for Border Irregularity-- The edges are notched or ragged.




C is for Color--  Varied shades of tan, brown and black.




D is for Diameter-- Greater than 6 millimeters.




E is for Evolving-- Change in size, shape or shade of color.





Dear Missy and Staff,
Just a little something to say "thank you". There are not too many places that would have done what you all did. Thanks for taking me in that day for my…"

– Grateful Melanoma Patient
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