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Skin cancer: what to look out for

Skin cancer: what to look out for

With summer just around the corner, it’s so important to remember to look after your skin. If you’re ever worried about one of your moles or want to know the signs of skin cancer to look out for, take a look at this…

The ABCDE rule is a good guide to the usual signs of melanoma of the skin. This is what to use when deciding whether you should go to the doctors for a further check up or not. You should always be on the lookout for your moles changing and tell your doctor if you notice any of the following signs:

  • A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
  • B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
  • C is for Colour: The colour is not the same all over and may include different shades of brown or black. Sometimes there may be patches of pink, red, white or blue.
  • D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimetres across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
  • E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or colour.

The sun can cause serious damage to your skin and we’re all susceptible to being burnt, no matter what skin type you have. Whether you’re in your back garden or holidaying in Tenerife, remember to wear sunscreen with the correct protection, and avoid overexposure.

If you have doubts about any of your moles being unhealthy, try to keep them out of the sun and get a second opinion from your doctor.

Enjoy the sun, but please stay safe!