When performing a skin examination on a 73-year-old male, the nurse should be alert for which characteristics of a malignant lesion?

Irregular borders
Irregular surface
Varied color

Explanation

• Remember the signs of malignant skin lesions with the A, B, C, D, E system:

• Asymmetry (will not have equal halves)

• Borders (irregular outline)

• Color (can have multiple colors)

• Diameter (usually larger than 1/4 inch)

• Evolving (changes in size, shape, color)

• Benign moles are usually circular, flat, brown, and uniform

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