Each year, the numbers of people that are diagnosed with cancer keep increasing. It is crucial that you know how to perform self check on to identify signs of skin cancer. The self skin check for moles cancer can be referred as ABCDE. The ABCDE rule stands for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Elevation. The ABCD rule allows you to evaluate the changes of the skin growth.
In asymmetry moles, half of the mole has a different size than the other. You can envision asymmetry moles by drawing an imaginary lines on the mole. If the top half or bottom half of the moles are not the same as the other halves, there is a high risk that the mole is cancerous. If you spotted any moles that have different size on the two sides, you should consult the dermatologist for medical symptoms guide.
Border irregularity moles have ragged, notched or blurred edges. The border of the moles is the outer edge on the mole. Normal moles have smooth edges. Cancerous moles have uneven edges. According to a research, changes can take place on a mole due to hormone changes. Thus, you should always check with your doctor after giving birth.
Moles are that have more than one colors are usually cancerous. This type of moles doesn’t have a uniform pigmentation. For example, the mole can have shades of tan, brown and black with spots of red, white and blue. Early signs of mole cancer can be spotted if the color on the mole edge spread to the area of skin around the moles. If the moles start to change shape and include spots of red, blue or white, it is a warning sign that the cancer is in the progressing stage.
Moles that are larger than a pencil eraser or longer than 6mm in diameter are cancerous. If you notice such as mole on the skin, you should consult your dermatologist and perform a checkup.
Cancerous moles are known to elevate above normal skin surface. These moles also have an uneven surface. A mole that is cancerous can increase in size rapidly. If the moles becomes scaly, crusted, or ulcerous, it is a sign that the mole is evolving.
If you notice any changes on the moles including size, shape, color, and strange symptoms, you should consult your dermatologist and perform full checkup.