Moles are located on our skin. They can be in different sizes and shapes. However, moles can also tell you that something is wrong.
It is important to be able to conclude if something is wrong with your mole. Get to know the ABCs of skin cancer.
A for asymmetry
Normal benign mole, shown on the left should be fairly symmetrical. Both sides seem equal. In the case of melanoma, of cancerous moles, they tend to be of irregular shape, such as the mole shown on the right picture.
B for color
Observe the color of your moles. Normal, harmless mole is usually one color and has a bulge. Melanoma can be identified in part because of its colors and shades. Uneven colors may be a sign that you have something malicious.
Moles that are not cancerous have smooth edges. Their outlines are often clearly defined. Melanoma on the other hand, often has vague and uneven borders. They often lack a clear form.
D for diameter
Benign moles are often small, no larger than the eraser on a pencil. If you notice that your mole is growing, it can be a sign of melanoma and should be examined by a doctor.
C for change
Observe any changes in normal moles. Changes in the size, color and shape are all signs. If you see a mole suddenly starts to change, see a doctor immediately.