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    Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer of melanocytes, it is the most serious type of skin cancer. It is related to sun exposure and the highest prevalence is in Australia and New Zealand. In contrast to other skin cancer, melanoma has a higher risk of systemic metastasis. Early diagnosis and treatment is always a key. Lesions over acral areas are more commonly seen subtype in Asian. Surgery remains the main stay of treatment for most patients and subsequent sun protection and regular check up are very important step in managing patients with melanoma.

    What should I look for when examining my moles? The following ABCDEs are important signs of moles that could be cancerous. If a mole displays any of the signs listed below, have it checked immediately by a dermatologist:

    Asymmetry—One half of the mole does not match the other half.
    Border—The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular.
    Color—The mole has different colors, or it has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
    Diameter—The diameter of the mole is larger than the pencil eraser.
    Elevation/Evolution—The mole appears elevated (raised from the skin); or the mole has changed.

    American Academy of Dermatology. Moles: Signs and Symptoms Accessed 08/30/2016.