Checking moles: the ABCDE rules

The importance of checking moles

National Skin Care Awareness Month is held every September... Here's our advice on why it's essential to keep an eye on your moles and how you can do so at home.


Why check our moles?

Looking after your skin is one thing, taking a closer look at your moles is another. It may seem trivial, but checking moles is the best way to detect the first signs of skin cancer. It's a serious topic - 90% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if caught early on.
Face, scalp, hands, arms, torso, back, legs, feet - it's wise to check your own and those on others too.

How often should I check my moles? Once a year is enough. It's particularly important if you have skin phototype i and ii, if you have numerous moles, if you don't often tan or if you frequently get sunburned.

How can I check my moles myself?

Follow the ABCDE method devised by dermatologists.

The codes:
- A for Asymmetry = a mole that's neither round nor oval and has an asymmetrical shape.
- B for Border = a mole that has an uneven rather than defined edge.
- C for Colour = a mole that isn't a single shade of brown but rather a blend of colours.
- D for Diametre = if a mole is larger than 6mm in diametre.
- E for Evolution = a mole that changes in size, thickness or colour in a short space of time.

If you spot any of the above, don't procrastinate - go see a dermatologist. Nothing beats a professional opinion.

Finally, bear in mind that if you're soaking up the rays, SPF 50's are not just meant for fair-skinned people!

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