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  • a

    Asymetry | Benign
    Asymetry
  • b

    Border | Benign
    Border
  • c

    Color | Benign
    Color
  • d

    Diameter | Benign
    Diameter
  • e

    Evolution | Benign
    Evolution
A

  for Asymetry

This benign mole is not asymmetrical. If you draw a line through the middle, the two sides will match, meaning it is symmetrical. If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match, meaning it is asymmetrical, a warning sign for melanoma.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

Asymetry | Benign

Benign

Asymetry | Malignant

Malignant

b

  for Border

A benign mole has smooth, even borders, unlike melanomas. The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

Border | Benign

Benign

Border | altMalignant

Malignant

c

  for Color

Most benign moles are all one color - often a single shade of brown. Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, white or blue.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

Color | Benign

Benign

Color |Malignant

Malignant

d

  for Diameter

Benign moles usually have a smaller diameter than malignant ones. Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the eraser on your pencil tip (1/4 inch or 6mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

Diameter | Benign

Benign

Diameter | Malignant

Malignant

e

  for Evolution

Common, benign moles look the same over time. Be on the alert when a mole starts to evolve or change in any way. When a mole is evolving, see a doctor. Any change - in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting - points to danger.

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation

Evolution | Benign

Benign

Evolution | Malignant

Malignant