Melanoma pictures for self-examination
Melanoma — a serious form of skin cancer — is often curable if you find it early. These melanoma pictures can help you determine what to look for.
The American Academy of Dermatology advises that you watch skin spots for these features:
- Border irregularity
- Color changes
- Diameter greater than 1/4 inch (about 6 millimeters)
Follow this ABCDE guide to determine if an unusual mole or suspicious spot on your skin may be melanoma.
The mole shown here does not fit into any of the other criteria — size, shape, color or pattern. But watch moles like this one closely for changes, due to the small amount of color irregularity.
Look for changes over time, such as a mole that grows in size or that changes color or shape. Moles may also evolve to develop new signs and symptoms, such as new itchiness or bleeding.