Malignant Skin Neoplasm
Self-examining skin lesions is a good thing to do, but self-diagnosis and denial is a very dangerous behavior.
The most important fact: the majority of patients that were eventually diagnosed with advanced stages of malignant melanoma knew about presence of the skin lesion a long time before their diagnosis was made.
A-B-C-D is what you need to look for:
|Asymmetry—One half of the shape is not identical to the other.|
|Border—The edges seem to be irregular, notched, ragged, or blurred, and the color of the growth may spread to influence surrounding skin.|
Color—The color is not even and may contain a number of different colors, including brown, black and tan, as well as pink, blue, red, grey, or white.
Diameter—There is usually a change in size. Most often, melanomas are bigger than the eraser on a pencil, which is roughly a quarter of an inch or 5 millimeters.
If you find any of the A-B-C-D changes listed above or, if you have questions or concerns about a mole or dark spot on your skin, schedule an appointment for a skin exam with IVSI