The ABCD method of identifying melanoma has and continues to be extremely useful. However, the rapidly growing Nodular Melanoma does not present it’s symptoms the same way other melanoma do. In order to detect Nodular Melanoma the EFG method is the most effective.
Nodular Melanoma represents around 15% of all instances on melanoma. Because this form of melanoma appears differently to other types, it can be overlooked and undetected in the early stages. However, Nodular Melanoma do have typical characteristics that can be spotted early. Use the EFG method to assess a suspicious mole. Ask, is it:
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A Nodular Melanoma will more than likely present all three of these symptoms. Unlike other cancerous moles, Nodular Melanoma does not need to be dark or multi-colored, and sometimes they have no color to them at all. They will usually be very symmetrical, firm when pressed, and always growing or changing rapidly. The melanoma will be growing deeper as well as outwards, so in the early stages the melanoma’s changes may just be a feeling or a strange physical sensation.
Anyone can develop a Nodular Melanoma but it is seen most frequently in men over the age of 50. This kind of melanoma progresses rapidly and can grow deep in the local tissue within a few months. This is why Nodular Melanoma are so frightening and dangerous. Early detection and removal is crucial.
If you have a mole or lesion disturbance that aligns with the EFG criteria make an appointment with your dermatologist or MoleSafe immediately. Make sure you describe your symptoms and what you are concerned about.