When viewing nevi (moles
) and evaluating them for malignancy
we look for
A - assymetry: If you were to fold the mole in half, is the mole a mirror image, i.e. the same on both
B - border: Are the edges of the mole smooth and concise?
C - color: Does the mole have the same color throughout?
D - diameter: Is the mole larger than a pencil eraser?
E - evolving: Has the mole changed, i.e. grown larger, changed colors, generally not the same as it used to be?
Nevi can change over time and not be malignant. But if the lesion
has in any way changed, you may need to see your family physician for evaluation and a biopsy
if necessary. A biopsy would remove the mole and have it examined for malignancy.