Although the ABCDE model is a good guide to follow, MelanomaMe, we recognise that no two melanoma look the same. Melanoma may ‘slip through the net.’ and many may not follow the ABCD rules. However, if you notice change (E for Evolution) this should be taken seriously and checked by your GP.
Unfortunately GP’s can not be experts in every aspects of practice and are often hoodwinked by a seemingly innocent looking lesion. If you are worried about something that is changing on your skin that does not follow the ABCD rule, we recommend you request a second opinion.
Change needs checking
Nodular Melanoma does not always follow the ABCD model. They can be perfectly symmetrical, have clear, defined borders, be of a consistent colour and small in size.
However change needs checking. Nodulars are very aggressive, grow beneath the surface as well as above. Time is of the essence, as once in the blood and or lymphatic system can travel anywhere on or IN your body.