Congenital Nevi. Moles present at birth. The larger their size, the greater the risk for developing into skin cancer.
Atypical Dysplastic Nevi. Irregularly shaped spots that are larger than average. They often appear to have dark brown centers with light, uneven borders.
Higher frequency of moles. People with 50 or more moles are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer.
A = Asymmetry: Half of the mole does not match the other half in size, shape or color.
B = Border: The edges of the spot are irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined.
C = Color: The mole is not the same color throughout, has shades of tan, brown, or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue.
D = Diameter: Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
E = Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that is different from the rest, or changes in size, shape, or color.
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