Most melanomas are at least
5 millimetres (about 1/4 inch) across when they are found;
many are much larger. An unusually large mole may be melanoma.
A mixture of tan, brown, white,
pink, red, gray, blue, and especially black in a mole suggests
If a mole has an edge that
is irregular or notched, it may be melanoma.
If a mole is scaly, flaky,
oozing, or bleeding, has an open sore that does not heal,
or has a hard lump in it, it may be melanoma.
If a mole itches or is painful
or tender, melanoma may be present.
|Abnormal skin around mole||If colour from the mole spreads into the skin around it or if this skin becomes red or loses its colour (becomes white or gray), melanoma may be present.|