Melanoma Warning Signs

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and early detection is critical. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 62,480 new cases of melanoma in the US this year, and about 8,420 deaths from the disease.

While dangerous, melanoma is curable if caught early. It is important that everyone has an annual skin check by a dermatologist. Consult Dr. Hayre immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit any of the following:

melanoma_aA: Asymmetry—one half is unlike the other half.

melanoma_bB: Borders—irregular, scalloped, or poorly circumscribed border.

melanoma_cC: Color—varied from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes red, white or blue.

melanoma_dD: Diameter—while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.

If you notice a mole different from others, or which changes, itches, or bleeds (even if it is small) you should see Dr. Hayre.