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.
- 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!