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Moles to Melanoma: Recognizing the ABCDE Features

This online tool contains serial photographs of pigmented lesions: common moles, dysplastic nevi, and melanomas, taken over time. Includes associated clinical descriptors.  Explore the Moles to Melanoma website.

Each year, more than 68,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, and another 48,000 are diagnosed with an early form of the disease that involves only the top layer of skin. DCEG researchers conduct studies on melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Selected studies include:

Case-control Study of Cutaneous Melanoma

DCEG studies of cutaneous melanoma

Familial Melanoma Studies

A search for new genes associated with melanoma susceptibility in melanoma-prone families

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Studies of Melanoma in Italy

A case-control study in Italy to study the role of pigmentation and other host factors in the etiology of melanoma

Molecular Classification of Melanoma

Tissue-based analyses of precursors, melanoma tumors and metastases within existing study populations to further understanding of the heterogeneity of melanoma and determine a predictive pattern of progression for dysplastic nevi.