Check Your Body For Skin Cancer With The ABCDEs Of Melanoma

Check Your Body For Skin Cancer With The ABCDEs Of Melanoma
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Everyone can be at risk of getting skin cancer, but catching it early can make it a lot more treatable. Performing regular skin checks with this method will help you spot trouble early on.

Skin cancer picture by Shutterstock

This infographic from the American Academy of Dermatology provides some helpful information about skin cancer and, more importantly, how to do checks on your own at home. The key is the ABCDEs of Melanoma when checking skin irregularities:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border
  • Color
  • Diameter
  • Evolving

The graphic below explains what to look for with each letter and provides tips on how to check your body. Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers, so make sure you check yourself thoroughly and regularly. If you’re not sure about a spot, always be safe and contact a doctor.…

How to Spot Skin Cancer [American Academy of Dermatology via Business Insider]


  • A modification of this abbreviates D + E as “diameter expanding” … as the graphic above states, size alone isn’t a particularly reliable risk factor … whereas noticeably increasing size is.

  • With my fair skin I’m pretty high risk but I avoid the sun like a vampire so it hasn’t really worried me.

    I’ve been slack with going to the Doctor to keep an eye on them, but thanks to this article I just make a booking for a skin check.

  • Get the same GF, BF, or partner to check every 3 months.
    Notice of any change is then a bit easier and it only takes a couple of minutes.

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