Do you have a suspicious mole? Providers will be offering spot check skin cancer screenings. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. Please arrive at your appointment time.
Melanoma Warning Signs
The most important warning sign of melanoma is a new or changing skin growth. This could be a new growth or a change in the size, shape or color of a spot on your skin. Most of us have spots on our skin. A non-cancerous growth may sometimes look like skin cancer. Almost everyone has moles, and most moles are harmless. But a change in the way a mole looks is a sign that you should see your doctor. Here's a simple ABCD rule to help you remember.
A. Asymmetry: One half of the spot does not match the other half.
B. Border: Normal moles are round or oval in shape and have sharply defined borders. The borders of a melanoma may be uneven, blurred, or notched.
C. Color: Common moles are usually one color throughout. Melanomas may have several colors or an irregular pattern of colors.
D. Diameter: Common moles are generally less than 1/4 inch across (the diameter of a pencil eraser). Melanomas are often larger, but they can also be smaller than this.
American Cancer Society, Inc.