Mar 10, 2009
Did you know they added E to the warning signs of Melanoma in a mole? EVOLVING mole ? It's been 2yrs since it's added but I didn't know and wanted to share in case you didn't know to help heighten awareness.
Asymmetry; one half unlike the other half
Border; irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border
Color; varied from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes red, white or blue
Diameter; while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
Evolving; a mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or color.
I had a suspicious mole removed -- it changed over the past few weeks so had it checked. Having a history of moles being removed and an early skin cancer 2 yrs ago removed, I thought I was on top of the ABCD's of a mole. Then yesterday I learned there is now an E as in Evolving added to the ABCD's listed above. Evolving as in changing mole ...that is what this one was yesterday .. it changed the past 7 weeks.
Just wanted to pass this info along as early detection is key ....
Here's a good reference website from the American Academy of Dermatology: