Along with you limiting the exposure to sunlight and using sunscreen, examining yourself for mole check Brisbane, may reduce your chances of developing Melanoma cancer or allow early detection and treatment cost. Getting checked at Skin Specialist Sundoctors or other dermatologists can be of great help in these situations and can also help in diagnosing any serious threat if any.
Why Should I Check My Skin For Moles?
Skin is the largest organ in our body and is one of the few which we can see. Being proactive about preventing skin cancer is important for health. This is true if –
- Your skin is fair
- You have many moles on the body
- Your family members have many moles, atypical moles, or History of skin cancer
Besides limiting your exposure to sunlight and using sunscreen every day for examining your moles increases chances of detection and treatment of Melanoma and other types of skin cancers. Dermatologists advise that you examine your skin every month. Most moles are non-cancerous. If you find changes in a mole’s appearance or color get the mole evaluated by a Dermatologist. You should get moles checked if they bleed, itch, appears scaly, or are tender or painful.
How Should I Examine The Skin For Moles?
- Carry out skin self-examination every month. It is best if you check your skin after a bath or shower, while it is still wet.
- Use a full-length mirror, hand mirror for a close view. Ask a family member for help for the more difficult sites like your back.
- Try to examine yourself the same way every month to avoid missing any moles. It is recommended starting at your head and working your way down. Look at all the areas of your body. Check the hidden areas also between your fingers and toes, the groin, on the soles of your feet, and the back of your knees.
- Do not forget to thoroughly check your scalp and neck for moles.
- Keep track of all moles on the body and how they appear. Take a photo with a ruler in it and date to help you keep track. This way you will notice if there is any change in the moles. If the moles show a change in color, size, and shape, a border, or if a sore develops does not heal, you must see a dermatologist. Also get the new Mole examined by the Dermatologist, which you think are suspicious.
What Should I See When Examining Moles?
The ABCDE’s are important signs of moles that can be cancerous. If a mole shows any signs given below, get it checked immediately by a dermatologist.
- Asymmetric – One half of the mole does not match the other.
- Border – The borders of the mole are ragged, irregular, or blurred.
- Color – The mole has different colors or has multiple shades of brown, tan, blue, black, white, or red.
- Diameter – The diameter of the mole is larger than a pencil eraser.
- Elevation – The mole becomes elevated or is changing.
You should be suspicious of a new mole that develops after the age of thirty. Many of the growth that appears after the age of 30 are harmless, age-associated growth rather than moles. If you notice new growth, see your dermatologist. He will examine the growth and perform a biopsy if indicated. He uses the information to decide how to treat the mole.