Melanoma: Recognizing the Top Signs of Skin Cancer

Female Doctor Examining Pigmented Skin Of Male PatientStatistics show that around 1.4 million people in the United States currently live with melanoma. This serious skin cancer occurs when the cells responsible for producing pigment in the skin, called melanocytes, mutate and grow abnormally. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment and outcomes. There are several signs that you should look for. 

Top Signs of Skin Cancer

Some of the top warning signs of melanoma include: 

Asymmetrical Moles

One of the most common signs of melanoma is asymmetrical moles. Healthy moles tend to grow in a uniform manner. If you notice that one half of the mole appears different from the other half, either in shape, size, or color, it could be a warning sign.

Furthermore, you should have a doctor examine any existing moles you have that change in color, size, or shape.

Irregular Borders

Unlike benign moles, which typically have smooth and even borders, melanomas may appear jagged or notched around the edges. If you notice any irregular borders on skin moles, it could indicate that melanoma is forming.

Varied Colors

While benign moles are usually a uniform shade of brown, melanomas can have several different colors within the same lesion. Check your moles to determine if the color is consistent or if there is a mixture of red, white, black, brown, or even blue.

Large Diameter

Although melanomas do start small initially, they typically grow larger over time. If you see any changes in the size of your skin moles, it could be a sign that something is amiss.

Additionally, you may notice several changes in the colors, shapes, or sizes of existing moles on your skin. These signs, as well as sensitivity or itching, can indicate that melanomas are forming. If you notice these or any other abnormalities, it is best to contact our team right away to schedule an appointment.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you would like to schedule a skin exam, contact Dr. Fiona Wright at Skin M.D. and Beyond today to schedule an appointment at our Plano, Texas, office by calling  972-608-0808. 

When it comes to your skin and appearance, we know how important it is to feel confident and comfortable. That is why our team makes it a top priority to provide exceptional care while catering to your unique needs and concerns. Dr. Wright’s experience as a renowned expert in the field and her dedication to providing top-quality services have earned her numerous awards and recognition from both patients and peers alike. With Dr. Wright herself personally involved in every step of the process, you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands.

Cosmetic Skin Care Specialist Plano, TX