While you may be aware of the importance of checking yourself and your family’s moles to detect possible skin cancers, do you really know what you’re looking for?
Follow the ABCDE guide:
Asymmetry: Moles that, if divided in half, are not the same on both sides.
Border: Moles with edges that are jagged like a coastline.
Colour: Moles gaining or losing colour, or multicoloured.
Diameter: Moles more than 1/2cm in diameter (especially if uneven colour).
Evolution: Moles that have changed size, shape, colour or risen.
If you have concerns about any of these, see your doctor immediately, and visit http://www.melanomaawarenessfoundation.org/info for more information.