woman checking for signs of skin cancer

Skin cancer can be detected early. That is why it is important to look over your skin regularly, noting any moles, freckles spots or scars or changes in skin appearance. The ABCDE method can help you check early and often.

What are the ABCDEs of Skin Cancer?

  • Asymmetry.

    one side does not match the other.

  • Border.

    edges are irregular, indistinct, scalloped, or notched.

  • Color.

    variation in colors, both within and around the mole.

  • Diameter

    size is larger than a pencil eraser, 6 mm.

  • Evolving.

    one side does not match the other.

Schedule a Consultation with a Dermatologist

If you notice unusual changes or signs such as increased moles, or you have a history of skin cancer, you can schedule an annual skin check with a dermatologist. Our Dermatology Department has a dedicated team of specially trained dermatologists who can provide a thorough evaluation of your skin and easily spot anything that needs further investigation or treatment.


May 1, 2019 | by Tanya Hathaway MD


Written By: Tanya Hathaway MD