ABCDE Screening Your Moles

Melanocytic nevus or commonly called mole is a normal skin condition
that appears in everybody’s skin. It is considered normal until it changes in
terms of size, form, and physical appearance. Many people don’t really
bother about the moles in their bodies since the moles normally will have
no effect on the function of the body. But how do we know that the moles
are abnormal or dangerous?

When moles are changing or start to look different, it could be the first
sign of a tumor or malignant cancer. That’s when you need to give them
the first screening using the ABCDE method. This method is the first thing
you can do before going to check it up with your dermatologist. The
method is a simple thing that you can do yourself at home, every day.
ABCDE stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving.

• Asymmetry. Asymmetry happens when the moles have an irregular
shape in the one same spot. Usually, half of the moles look different
than the other half.
• Border. The normal moles will have an oval or round shape. The
abnormal ones will be seen as jagged or uneven.
• Color. The color of the normal moles should be the same. It shouldn’t
be a different color or darker than the original color.
• Diameter. The diameter of the moles is larger than 6 millimeters.
• Evolving. The moles are changing over time in terms of size, color,
or shape.

High-risk people are advised to do the screening of the skin regularly. You
must be aware of the risk that can be developed. Examining the health of
your skin, especially your moles will help you to detect the irregular or
abnormal changes there. When you do the screening as early as possible,
the risk of getting skin cancer will be minimized. The earlier stage of skin
cancer will be getting better treatment and have a high survival rate.