Unusual moles, sores, lumps, blemishes, or markings on the skin may be a sign of melanoma or another type of skin cancer.
Melanoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer and is the most dangerous, especially when people overlook the early symptoms. Melanomas can develop anywhere on our body. They most often appear in the areas that are exposed to the sun, such as our back, legs, arms and face.
The most important of all is to detect the melanoma in early stage and immediately start treating it.
Symptoms of melanoma:
- A change in an existing mole
- The development of a new pigmented or unusual growth on the skin.
In a lot of cases melanoma begin as a mole. That is why every one of us should know the difference between the normal and unusual mole.
Normal moles have a uniform color- black or brown. They are separate from the surrounding skin. They are oval or round and are smaller than 1/4 inch in diameter.
When new moles form or older moles begin to change, the criteria of the ABCDE analysis should gauge your concern.
Unusual moles characteristics described by ABCDE:
- Asymmetry- the 2 halves of the mole are different
- Border- the unusual moles have irregular borders
- Color change- the growths have many colors
- Diameter- they are bigger than 1/4 inch
- Enlarged or elevated
Malignant moles may show all of these changes, but some of them can appear with one or two unusual characteristic.