Skin cancer is a very real problem for people who tan under the sun’s UV rays, as well as those who use tanning beds. Research has shown that people who are regular users of tanning beds are at greater risk for developing basal cell carcinoma BCC), which is the most prevalent form of skin cancer. Moles on the skin can be an early indication of the presence of BCC, therefore a mole exam is usually recommended. For this reason individuals often learn the ABCDE of a mole exam.
The ABCDE of a mole exam is as follows:
- A – Symmetry. A normal mole is usually symmetrical, that means if you draw a line through the middle of it the 2 halves match. However, moles that are asymmetrical may be a warning sign for cancer.
- B – Odd Borders. A benign (noncancerous) mole has borders that are even and smooth. Moles with edges that are uneven or jagged may be malignant (cancerous).
- C – Strange Colors. Benign moles usually have one color, but cancerous moles often have different shades of one color. This may be brown, black, or tan.
- D – Diameter. Malignant poles are usually larger in diameter than benign ones. If a mole is more than 6mm or ¼ inch in diameter this may be an indication that cancer is present.
- E – Evolving. Moles that change or evolve are more likely to be cancerous. Any changes in size, shape, color, should be investigated.
Contact the Skin Care Center in Chicago, IL, at 773-296-3636 if you have any of these symptoms, and would like to learn more about the ABCDE of a mole exam. We also have offices in Glenview, IL, and Lake Forrest, IL. You can request an appointment online at skincarectr.com/contact-us-pages-33.php.