Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Color Variation
Illustration copyright 2000 by Nucleus Communications,
Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.nucleusinc.com
The most important warning sign for melanoma is
a change in size, shape, or color of a mole or other
skin growth, such as a birthmark. One of the things to watch for is
You should be concerned if the pigmentation in a mole or
other skin growth is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black may be
present. Dashes of red, white, and blue may add to the mottled appearance.
Changes in color distribution, especially the spread of color from the edge of
a mole into the surrounding skin, also are an early sign of melanoma. Call your
doctor if you notice these types of colors on a mole or other skin
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
I Want To...
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.