Monday Health Minute | Published April 28, 2014

Check your spots: skin cancer

Check your spots: skin cancer

The “ABCD rule” is an easy guide to signs of melanoma. If spots on your body match the following description, consult your doctor.

  • A is for asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
  • B is for border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched or blurred
  • C is for color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red or white.
  • D is for diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across, which is about the size of a pencil eraser.

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