KNOW YOUR ABCDE’S
Most moles on your body look very similar to any other moles you may have. A mole or freckle that looks different from the others should always be checked by a dermatologist to rule out cancer. The ABCDEs give you an idea of what to look for when you are giving yourself a self-exam. Performed regularly, self-examinations can alert you to changes in your skin and help you detect problems early on. Once a month after a shower, before applying body lotion should suffice. So, what are the ABCDE’s?
A is for Asymmetry: Asymmetry means one half of a mole does not match the other half. Normal moles are symmetrical, like a circle or oval. If you have a mole, draw a line through the middle and compare sides. If it looks lopsided on one side, see a dermatologist.