What Are the Symptoms of Melanoma?
The first symptom of melanoma is often a change in a mole, or the appearance of a new mole that has ABCD characteristics. These ABCD rules can help you tell a normal mole from cancer.
Color. The mole has different colors in it. It may be tan, brown, black, red, or other colors. Or it may have areas that appear to have lost color.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away.
A mole changes in size, shape, or color. Some melanomas do not fit the ABCD rule described. They fit more of an “E,” which stands for Evolving. Watch for any changes in any moles on your body. If you find what you think is an irregular or changing mole, see a doctor right away.
Also, it is important to take note of any new moles that appear on your skin. Become familiar with the way they look so you will know if they are changing.
Remember that these symptoms may be caused by melanoma or by other less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor to be sure.