There are no consensus recommendations for routinely screening people who have never had melanoma. However, once you have been diagnosed with melanoma, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends:
- At least annual dermatologist follow-up screenings to monitor your skin
- Regular self-examination of your skin
Depending on the melanoma stage at your initial diagnosis, you may need more frequent screenings. You also may need to self-examine your lymph nodes. Consult with your dermatologist and/or oncologist regarding a screening regimen that applies specifically to your needs.
The ABCs of Melanoma
Use this 'ABCDE' guide to check for possible symptoms of melanoma:
|A - Asymmetry:||Moles with asymmetrical and irregular shapes|
|B - Border:||Moles with irregular borders: Normal moles tend to have sharp and well degined edges|
|C - Color:||Moles whose color has changed|
|D - Diameter:||Moles whose size (diameter) has changed|
|E – Evolution:||Moles with evolving characteristics over time: changes in size, color, itchiness, or bleeding|
If you see one or more of these characteristics, follow up with a dermatologist immediately.