Melanoma skin cancer sign: Asymmetry

A normal mole and a mole with halves that do not match

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. The most important warning sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin growth, such as a birthmark.

  • Asymmetry is one thing to watch for. This means that one half doesn't match the other half. Call your doctor if you notice that:
    • One half of a mole doesn't match the other half.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

Current as ofOctober 11, 2016

Current as of: October 11, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology