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NYU Notes 25th Anniversary of ABCDE Melanoma Diagnosis Tool

Posted: January 12, 2010

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Nearly 20 years later, David Polsky MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology, director of the NYU Pigmented Lesion Clinic, along with Kopf, Friedman, Rigel and others, added the “E” to the ABCDs, which was later published in an article titled “Early Diagnosis of Cutaneous Melanoma: Revisiting the ABCD Criteria” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, updating the acronym to ABCDEs.

“The original ABCD rule was very helpful in identifying early melanoma; however melanoma changes frequently, so we wanted the message to be expanded to ABCDEs rule so that the public would know that any lesion that significantly changes or is “evolving” is a concerning lesion,” said Polsky. “This includes new lesions that appear in patients 50 years of age and older.”

According to experts, minimizing your risk for skin cancer and melanoma is critical. “Performing regular skin self-examination using the ABCDEs guide to check for warning signs of skin cancer, especially melanoma, is an important and easy way to detect suspicious moles that could be cancerous.” says Jennifer Stein, MD, PhD, associate director of the Pigmented Lesion Section at NYU Langone Medical Center.

About NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the nation's premier centers of excellence in health care, biomedical research and medical education. For more than 168 years, NYU physicians and researchers have made countless contributions to the practice and science of health care. Today the Medical Center consists of NYU School of Medicine, including the Smilow Research Center, the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, and the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences; the three hospitals of NYU Hospitals Center, Tisch Hospital, a 705-bed acute-care general hospital, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, and NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, a leader in musculoskeletal care; and such major programs as the NYU Cancer Institute, the NYU Child Study Center, and the Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.