Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells
(melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives your
skin its color.
Melanomas can develop anywhere on your body but most often
develop in areas that have had exposure to the sun.
Melanoma doesn't always begin as a mole. It can also occur on
otherwise normal-appearing skin.
To help you identify potential skin cancers, think of the letters
A is for asymmetrical shape.
B is for irregular border.
C is for changes in color.
D is for diameter. Look for new growth in a mole larger than 1/4
inch (about 6 millimeters).
E is for evolving.
Factors that may increase your risk of melanoma include:
A history of sunburn.
Excessive ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.
Living closer to the equator or at a higher elevation.
Having many moles
A family history of melanoma.
Weakened immune system.
If you have any concerns about your moles, please book a consultation
with our doctors at Stamford Skin Centre for a skin cancer check-up.