Estimated new U.S. cases in 2018: 91,270
- A mole or mark on the skin that is asymmetrical, meaning it has uneven edges. The edges may look scalloped or notched.
- A mole or freckle that has a variety of colors (rather than being all one shade of brown or black). Melanoma may be brown, black, white, red, pink, or even blue.
- A mole or mark that is red, white, or blue
- A mole that is larger than the tip of a pencil eraser
- A mole or mark that’s growing quickly or has changed color or shape
- A mole or mark that is bleeding, itching, or crusting
Because melanoma causes visible changes on your skin, experts recommend examining your skin from head to toe once a month to spot any potential signs of skin cancer, and having your doctor check your skin once a year, too.