- are the least common but most aggressive form of skin cancer
- can start in normal looking skin, or in a freckle or mole
A sudden or continuous change in the appearance of a mole is a sign that you should see your doctor.
The ABCD rule can help you remember the symptoms of melanoma:
A for Asymmetry… One half is different than the other half.
B for Border Irregularity… The edges are notched, uneven, or blurred.
C for Color… The color is uneven. Shades of brown, tan, and black are present.
D for Diameter… Diameter is greater than 6 millimeters.
Other Warning Signs:
- The appearance of a new bump or nodule
- The Colour spreads into surrounding skin
- Redness or swelling beyond the mole
- Change in size
- Irregular shape
- Irregular colour
- Diameter > 7mm
* if treated early,95% of melanomas can be cured.
Melanomas all need to be surgically removed.
Calculate your risk for developing Melanoma, with the “Melanoma Risk Calculator”
For more information on Melanoma
A concise summary for patients on melanoma including a short image atlas