Monitoring your skin: The ABCDEs are the keys

We may be wearing more layers as the temperatures drop, but don’t forget about the skin that you’re working diligently to keep warm. It’s easy to notice changes to your skin during warmer temperatures when more of your skin is exposed, but how do you remain proactive during the fall and winter? Gentle Touch Footcare is here to help by sharing the “ABCDEs” for examining your skin year-round and recognizing warning signs for melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

If you have diabetes, please continue to examine your skin daily and report any changes or discomfort to your podiatrist.

What are the ABCDEs?

  • A – asymmetry
  • B – borders
  • C – color
  • D – diameter
  • E – evolving, such as changes to elevation


If you see a lesion on your skin, imagine taking an invisible pen and drawing a line down the middle. Most moles are round and oval in shape, so they can be easily divided in half. If you’ve found a new lesion on your skin that doesn’t pass the test, make an appointment with your doctor.


If you’ve had a mole for decades, it most likely has a smooth border around the edge. If the border on your lesion has odd or rough edges, take action.


If your lesion has changed colors or has multiple shades of color, this should be a cause for concern. Brown, black, red, white or blue are colors to watch. Consider these colors as warning signs.


If you notice that your legion is the size of a pencil eraser or larger, it’s time to call your doctor.

Evolving (such as a change in elevation)

If your lesion feels like a bump, or if you’ve noticed that your lesion is evolving based on size, shape or color, don’t delay a visit to your doctor.

Don’t ignore changes to your skin during the fall and winter months. Early detection is critical, so make an appointment with our doctors, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Priscilla Seshie, DPM, if you experience any of the ABCDEs. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668.