Find out the telltale signs that it might be time to make an appointment with us.
Whether you have just noticed a new mole, or a growth that you’ve had for years suddenly seems to be changing, these are all situations that warrant a trip to see our San Antonio, TX dermatologists Dr. Rebecca Kelso and Dr. Emily Fridlington. The ABCDE rule is a simple yet effective way to help determine whether a mole could be cancerous.
What is the ABCDE rule?
This is a great way to determine whether it’s time that one of our San Antonio skin doctors took a look at your skin:
Asymmetry: One side of a healthy mole should be a mirror image of the other side, but a cancerous mole will often have one-half that is asymmetrical, or doesn’t match the shape or size of the other half.
Border: A noncancerous mole typically has a clear smooth border but a suspicious mole will have edges that seem less defined. They may even be a bit uneven or jagged.
Color: Moles should only be one solid color. If a mole starts to change color or you start to notice spots of brown, black, red, grey, white, or even blue, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.
Diameter: While melanoma can also be small, they are usually pretty large, reaching over 6mm wide.
Evolving: If you have noticed that the mole has changed in any way over the last couple of weeks or even months then it’s time to make a trip to our office. The smallest change may not seem like much but it could be warning you of skin cancer.
We recommend that everyone, even those that aren’t at risk for skin cancer, come in once a year for a skin cancer screening. And you may want to come in more regularly if…
- You have fair skin
- You have light eyes
- You have blonde or red hair
- You have a personal or familial history of skin cancer
- You spend a lot of time in the sun, whether for fun or for work
- You’ve experienced sunburns, particularly when you were young
- You’ve ever been in a tanning bed
- You have a significant amount of moles
Don’t ignore changes in your skin. If you are concerned about the appearance of a mole then it’s best to play it safe and call Alamo Heights Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, right away.