The five large color photos on this poster will familiarize the layperson with the appearance of melanoma. The poster urges frequent skin self-examination and describes mole changes that could be cancer warning signs. Useful in any health care setting.
Can You Spot A Killer?
All of the above are potentially life-threatening melanomas.
All should be seen by a physician. Watch carefully for the ABCDE warning signs of melanoma:
Asymmetry - If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match.
Border - The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven.
Color - Melanomas may appear in different shades of brown, tan or black. They may also become red, white or blue.
Diameter - Melanomas usually have a larger diameter than benign moles. Typically, they are bigger than a pencil eraser (1/4 inch or 6mm) when first detected.
Evolving - Any change at all - in size, shape, color, elevation, or another characteristic, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting - points to danger. See your doctor.