An average person has about 30-40 moles on their body. Luckily, there’s no connection between the number of moles and melanoma. But it’s the characteristics of the moles we should pay close attention to. Regular self-examination can help you spot anything that is suspicious in time to get professional help and prevent any serious consequences.
We outlined the basic concepts of the popular ABCDE rule that can help you recognize any possible mole changes at an early stage. And as a bonus, you’ll find another diagnostic technique that improves the accuracy of the ABCDE approach.
A is for Asymmetry
Asymmetry may be a sign that something is wrong with the mole. A normal mole should be symmetrical, meaning that both of its halves should look the same. They should match each other in size, color, and shape. If you draw an imaginary line from the middle of the mole, you should see 2 matching parts.
B is for Border
Benign moles usually have smooth and well-defined borders, while with malignant ones you’re likely to see irregular and uneven borders. The edges can be ragged or blurred and can gradually disappear into the surrounding skin.