Cancer Information at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center  

Skin Cancer Screening

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Look for changes as well as new growths. Learn the ABC’s of melanoma:
  • Asymmetry of lesion: Are both sides of the lesion different?
  • Border irregularity: Are the edges notched as opposed to smooth?
  • Color variegation: Is the lesion a mixture of black, blue, red and white?
  • Diameter: Is the diameter greater than six millimeters? (Most melanomas are larger than the head of a pencil.)
  • Evolution: Is the lesion growing in width or height?
  • Feeling: Has the sensation around a mole or spot changed?

These recommendations serve as a guide. Promptly show your doctor any suspicious skin area, non-healing sore or change in a mole or freckle. If exam results suggest cancer, more extensive diagnostic tests should be conducted.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Higley Road and US 60
2946 E. Banner Gateway Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 256-6444
(855) 256-6444

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