Most of us are pretty clueless when it comes to checking moles on ourselves and our kids. Often we see something that might look a little dodgy but we’re really not sure what’s normal and what isn’t. It ends up on the ‘must get that checked out one day’ list.
It’s pretty fair to say that many of us take a head in the sand approach when it comes to skin cancer.
In fact a recent study found that 81% of Aussies are worried about at least one mole, but hadn’t had it checked in the last year.
Do you know about the ABCDE method of checking the skin, which is considered best practice by our health professionals?
A is for Asymmetry. If you draw a line down the middle of a mole it should be even on both sides. If it’s not asymmetrical it should be checked by a doctor or skin specialist.
B is for Border Regularity. The edges of the mole should be well defined. If it looks jaggered it needs to be checked.
C is for Colour. If your mole has two or more colours it could be dangerous and should be checked.
D is for Diameter. Anything larger than 5mm should be shown to a doctor.
E is for Evolution. If your mole has changed in size, shape or colour over time it should be shown to a doctor.
Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
Most skin cancers are caused by skin damage. Caught early the survival rates are very high.
A new Early Detection Skin Cancer home checking tool is now available. It helps people to check their skin for signs of cancer using the ABCDE method. Check it out here.
Have you had your skin checked lately? Is it a regular checkup, please share below.