The ABCDE method to screen for melanoma simply means that a mole that meets any of these criteria should be examined by a physician:
- Border irregularity
- Color variation
- Diameter larger than six millimeters
- Evolution or changes in the lesion
A recent study from New York University confirmed that lesions larger than 6 mm (the size of a pencil eraser) were more likely to be melanoma.
It is important to remember, though, that most moles which violate one or more of these criteria will in fact be normal. The trouble is that you cannot tell the difference, so it is best to have a physician examine it for you.
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