Guide to Melanoma

Although the ABCDE guide is a good guide to use, no two melanoma look the same. Melanoma may ‘slip through the net.’ and many may not follow the ABCDE 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 ABCDE rule, we recommend you request a second opinion.

ABCDE Model

"A" is for Asymmetry

If you put a line down the middle of the mole and the two sides are not symmetrical, this may be a sign.

Normal

Cancerous

"B" is for Border

The edges of an melanoma tend to be uneven, crusty or notched.

Normal

Cancerous

"C" is for Colour

Healthy moles are normally uniform in colour. More than one colour may be a sign that the lesion is suspicious.

Normal

Cancerous

"D" is for Diameter

Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than a pencil eraser (6mm), although they can be smaller.

Normal

Cancerous

"E" is for Evolution

Evolution is the most consistent of the ABCDE model. Any changes to the lesion whether it be in appearance, size or sensation should be checked by a health professional

Normal

Cancerous

Melanoma is often misunderstood...

Melanoma’s can be symmetrical, tiny and have one consistent colour. Nodular Melanomas, which are very aggressive, can also be round and have very clear defined borders.

What is normally always the case with Melanoma is the E for Evolution. Melanomas will almost always change. It may change in shape, size, colour and sensation and this is something that definitely should not be ignored.

Although people with fair skin and freckles are most at risk, anyone can get Melanoma. In fact, people with darker skin are more likely to get a very aggressive type of Melanoma called Acral Lentiginous that effect the hairless parts of the body like the soles of your feet, palms of hands and nail beds.

Melanoma is presently the 5th most common Cancer in the UK

Melanoma is often misunderstood...

Melanoma’s can be symmetrical, tiny and have one consistent colour. Nodular Melanomas, which are very aggressive, can also be round and have very clear defined borders.

What is normally always the case with Melanoma is the E for Evolution. Melanomas will almost always change. It may change in shape, size, colour and sensation and this is something that definitely should not be ignored.

Although people with fair skin and freckles are most at risk, anyone can get Melanoma. In fact, people with darker skin are more likely to get a very aggressive type of Melanoma called Acral Lentiginous that effect the hairless parts of the body like the soles of your feet, palms of hands and nail beds.

Melanoma is presently the 5th most common Cancer in the UK

Change needs checking

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.

If you see something changing-growing, shrinking, changing colour, sensation, it’s worth getting it checked. #promoteearlydetection 
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