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If you have moles, you know you should be checking them. But you don't know what you should be looking for or you are worried about the mole that looks different from the rest of other moles, because it stands out compared to other moles. The reason it is important to check moles is that they can change into a type of cancer called Melanoma. It is the third most common skin cancer in the UK. The good news is, the earlier it is spotted and treated the better the outlook is. So refer to Sundoctors Australia to get the mole check Central Coast.
Know your risk of skin cancer
Firstly think about if you are more likely to develop skin cancer than others. Many people know that getting Sunburn increases the chances of getting skin cancer, but there are other things that increase your risk too, including if you –
- Have fair eyes and hair, lots of freckles or pale skin that burns easily.
- Expose your skin every now and again to the sun rather than most of the time.
- Use a sunbed
- Have many moles more than 11 moles on your right arm means you you are likely to have more than hundred moles on your whole body
- Have moles bigger than 6 millimetre
- Have had a Melanoma before or a close relative has had one
- are taking medicines that are affecting your immune system.
How To Check Your Moles?
There are no hard rules of how many times you should check your moles. But if you take a number of things on the list, then it's a good idea to check yourself at least once a month. The better you know your skin, the more likely you will be able to see any changes.
- Stand in a well illuminated room
- Use of full length mirror and hand mirror to check all over your body
- Make sure to check hard to see places like your back, scalp and buttocks. If you have a partner, they can check moles in these places for you.
- Check the less obvious places also like your underarms, in between your fingers and the soles of your feet.
What Are You Looking For When You Check The Moles?
You are looking for moles or changes in the size and shape or colour of an existing mole. A useful way of remembering what to look for is the ABCDE.
It stands for –
- A- asymmetry. Do both the halves of the mole look similar?
- B – border. Is the edge of the mole blurred or uneven?
- C- colour. Is the mole a mix of different colours or shades?
- D – diameter. Is it bigger than six mm from side to side?
- E- evolution. Has the mole changed?
There are other things to look for bleeding and itching or crusting. If a mole starts bleeding and you have not injured it, then you should get it checked as soon as possible.
What To Do If You Are Worried?
If you're worried about your moles then always get them checked by a doctor. Make an appointment to your GP, if needed they can refer you to a clinic at your local hospital. Or you may choose to have your moles checked privately. Whether you have 2 or 200 moles, take care of your skin. Always seek shade in the middle of the day, wear a long sleeve top, a hat, trousers and sunglasses and use high protection sunscreen and keep checking those moles also.