Melanoma most commonly appears on the trunk area of the body in fair-skinned men and on the lower legs of fair-skinned women. In dark-skinned individuals, it is most prevalent on the palms, the soles of the feet and beneath the nails.
Melanoma usually develops as an:
While signs and symptoms vary from person to person, the following ABCDEs provide an easy way to recognize the signs of melanoma:
(A) Asymmetry: One side of a mole is different from the other.
(B) Border Irregularity: The edges of a mole are ragged or irregular.
(C) Color Variation: The mole gets darker, changes color or contains several colors.
(D) Diameter: It is bigger than the diameter of a pencil eraser.
(E) Evolution: It grows in width or height.