RMS Exclusive - ABCDE Rule for Early Detection of Melanoma

Did you know that every 61 seconds, someone in America dies from Melanoma? If you or someone you know has suffered from Melanoma, you know that it’s a terrible form of cancer but if detected early can be properly treated. Not only do we carry the best broad spectrum sunscreen online, but we also want our customers to know the early signs of Melanoma. With the ABCDE rule, you can help protect you and your loved ones from skin cancer. We’ll show you how!

The ABCDE Rule for Early Detection of Melanoma

A for Asymmetry – Most of us have moles or birthmarks on our body that we’ve had for many years. However, when the symmetry of these moles is off – meaning they aren’t asymmetrical – you need to go get it checked out by your doctor or dermatologist. Asymmetry is defined as being the same on one side as it is on the other– so if you were to split the mole down the center, it would mirror the other side. This is a crucial step in detecting Melanoma early.

B for Border – What does your mole look like? Is the border of the mark jagged, red, blotchy, or irregular? This is a key step in detecting melanoma in its early stages, as these are not normal in non-melanoma moles. If your mole also changes over time to mimic these borders, it’s very important that you get to your dermatologist to check it out. This, as well as the asymmetry, can help to be prevented with the best broad spectrum protection possible, especially if you are fair skinned.

C for Color – What’s the color of your mole like? Is it red, blue, different shades of colors or white? A healthy looking mole will usually be one, solid color, which is usually a dark brown. Detecting this and really looking closely to see the colors of your mole can be a defining factor in finding your melanoma early. Covering your mole when heading out into the sun with the best broad spectrum sunscreen available to you is essential in preventing the mole from changing color.

D for Diameter – Does your mole measure about a ¼ of an inch of more in diameter? If it is – it has the potential of growing larger and needs to be checked out immediately. Even if the mole is smaller than the ¼ of an inch but could have one of the signs above, it is important that you still get it checked out.

E for Evolving – If your mole has changed, meaning if it has grown, changed color, or has shifted in some way, this is a sign that you need to get it checked out by a professional. When you’re not receiving the best broad spectrum protection for your skin and sensitive moles, they’re more likely to change and evolve when left out in the sun.

If you want to read more about the ABCDE rule for early melanoma detection, you can head over to our Skin and Sun page. If you want to get the best broad spectrum sunscreen for your skin, shop our selection of refillable bottles, spray bottles, and traveled sized bottles of sunscreen today.