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The ABCDEs of Skin Cancer

The ABCDEs of Skin Cancer

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The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you regularly check your moles or dark spots. Consult your dermatologist immediately if you notice any of the following danger signs of skin cancer, which are called the “ABCDEs of skin cancer.”
A stands for ASYMMETRY, when one half of the mole doesn’t match the other half.
B stands for BORDER, when the border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred or irregular.
C stands for COLOR, when the color of the mole is not the same throughout, or if it has shades of tan, brown, black, red, white or blue.
D stands for DIAMETER, if the diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
E stands for EVOLVING, a mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
If a mole has any of these traits, it is important to see a dermatologist. The number of newly diagnosed melanomas continues to rise. With early detection and treatment, melanoma has a high cure rate.
Certified Dermatology specializes in all aspects of medical and surgical dermatology, and treats patients of all ages – from newborn to geriatric. Come visit our new Cape May Court House location at 1580 Rt. 9. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (732) 456-7777 or visit njdermdoc.com.

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