Moles are a proliferation of pigmented cells in the skin. While the majority of moles are benign, malignant melanoma can occur within a mole. Therefore, it is important to see the signs of an abnormal mole, do self checks and keep regular totals body checks with your dermatologist for screenings.

When searching for atypical moles, it is helpful to remember the ABCDE’s:

Asymmetry: Healthy moles are usually symmetric.

Border: Healthy moles have a clear border. Abnormal moles can have uneven or fading borders.

Color: Healthy moles have one solid color. More colors can be a sign of a suspicious mole.

Diameter: Normal moles will be 6mm in diameter or less.

Evolution: Any change in a mole, especially in a short amount of time, should be evaluated by a dermatologist.

If you have any worry regarding a mole, having it evaluated is usually a quick appointment with your dermatologist. If the lesion looks concerning, it may be measured and recorded for monitoring or a biopsy may be necessary for a definitive diagnosis.