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What are the Early Warning Signs of Melanoma?

Recognizing the early warning signs of melanoma could save you from the deadliest form of skin cancer. Since May is Melanoma Awareness Month, let’s go over the indicators of this condition and help people recognize the potential risks. Our ultimate goal is to promote early detection. Contact our practice if you notice any potential melanoma symptoms. 

What is Melanoma?

The kind of skin cancer that starts in the melanocytes is called melanoma. The pigment called melanin, which gives skin its color, is produced by melanocytes. This cancer can spread to other areas of the body and frequently manifests as a new mole or a change in an existing mole. However, by identifying and treating it early, you may be able to stop it.

Early Warning Signs of Melanoma

Here are a few signs that can help you detect melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: One half of the mole or lesion does not match the other half. This irregularity in shape is a potential indicator of melanoma.
  • Border Irregularity: The edges of the mole are irregular, blurred, or jagged, rather than smooth and well-defined. This asymmetry in border appearance is a red flag for melanoma.
  • Color Variation: The mole exhibits multiple colors or uneven distribution of color, such as shades of brown, black, blue, or red. This variability in coloration can be indicative of melanoma.
  • Diameter: Melanomas are typically larger compared to normal moles. If a mole has a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser (approximately 6 millimeters), it may be cause for concern.
  • Evolution: You need to monitor any changes in the size, shape, color, or elevation of a mole. Additionally, new symptoms such as itching, bleeding, or crusting may indicate melanoma or another type of skin cancer.

Book An Appointment And Detect The Early Warning Signs Of Melanoma

Early detection is the key to successfully treating melanoma. If you notice any of these warning signs or other abnormal changes in your skin, schedule an appointment with Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center. Our team of dermatologists in Miami Beach will carry out the necessary tests to assist you. Reach out to us at 305-532-4478.

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