Skin Health

skin health

ABCDEs of Skin Health

It's vital to examine your skin head-to-toe each month, all year long. The ABCDE criteria below will help you to understand the differences between a benign lesion and a potentially malignant one. Be sure to talk to your dermatologist when you see any changes on your skin. The sooner a melanoma is diagnosed, the more successfully it can be treated.

  Benign  Malignant 
AsYMMETRY   Symmetrical   Asymmetrical
Border   Smooth borders   Irregular (blurry or jagged) borders
Color   Single color   Multicolor
Diameter   Small than a pencil eraser (1/4 inch)   Larger than a pencil eraser (1/4 inch)
Evolution   No changes   Sudden changes in size, shape, or color

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States making daily sun protection vitally important.

Get the Facts


skin cancers are diagnosed annually4

by applying broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher on a regular daily basis5

Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime6

by using a sunscreen daily7