May is Melanoma Detection Month

May is Melanoma Detection Month and this year alone, more than 54,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States.

It's the least common form of skin cancer but the most serious kind and it's increasing at an alarming rate.

There are some simple danger signs to look for in the detection of Melanoma. Just remember your ABC's:

  • Asymmetry- one half is unlike the other half
  • Border- scalloped border or poorly circumscribed border
  • Color- color is different from one area to another; shades of tan and brown; black; sometimes white, red, or blue
  • Diameter- the diameter is larger than 6mm as a rule (diameter of a pencil eraser)

You should contact your dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots show any of the above symptoms.