Do you know your ABCDE’s of melanoma? Here’s a quick refresher and easy mnemonic to help you remember how to detect warning signs of melanoma:
According to a special commentary on the clinical diagnosis of melanoma by Stuart M. Goldsmith MD, he believes that we should take a different approach to the letter D here - and we should think of it as dark.
I fully agree with this as I think that not only is it easier for patients to remember, but it’s very true - you can have a very small black spot, but even though it has a small diameter, it could be melanoma. In fact, when we remove moles, our first indicator is usually to take out the darkest part on a patient. If you change your thought process around the ABCDE’s to also pay attention to how dark your mole or spot is, it will be easier to evaluate yourself.