How to Do a Skin Self-Exam
Would you know how to detect a potentially dangerous mole? This video describes what to look for when performing a skin self-exam.
A simple way to remember how to do a self-exam is to remember “ABCDE.” First, check for asymmetrical moles, or moles of an abnormal shape. Next, look at the border of each mole. Melanoma, a form of skin cancer, typically presents as moles with jagged borders. Then examine the color of your moles. Multi-colored moles may indicate melanoma. Also, measure the diameter of all moles; a medical professional should evaluate those bigger than six millimeters. Lastly, monitor all moles for evolution. Any change in a mole should be noted and appropriately addressed.