If you have a question or concern about something on your skin, see your doctor. Thinking of "ABCD" can help you remember what to watch for:
- Asymmetry -- The shape of one half does not match the other
- Border -- The edges are often ragged, notched, blurred, or irregular in outline; the pigment may spread into the surrounding skin.
- Color -- The color is uneven. Shades of black, brown, and tan may be present. Areas of white, grey, red, pink, or blue also may be seen.
- Diameter -- Melanomas are usually larger than the eraser of a pencil (1/4 inch or 5 millimeters).
Also pay attention to evolution -- has the mole changed over time?
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