Is that spot a melanoma?
Knowing whether that spot on your skin is a melanoma or not can be a perplexing issue! While you should always seek medical advice if you are concerned about any changes in your skin, it is also worth making a habit of self examination.
I recently came across this easy to remember ABCDE* of recognising changes to any skin lesions which could indicate a potential melanoma:
A – asymetry – melanomas are mostly irregular in shape and colour
B – border irregularity – they often have a “fuzzy” edge
C – colour multiplicity – they are usually pigmented
D – diameter greater than ¼ inch
E – evolution or change in the size and/or shape over time
If you spot a potential melanoma, then the best advice is to get it checked out ASAP as early detection can lead to good rates of recovery. Of course, the best course of action is to avoid excessive sun exposure in the first place, by using a sunscreen, wearing a hat and long sleeves and avoiding the sun during the hottest parts of the day.
Even being exposed to the sun through car windows or due the reflection of the sun off water or a white surface can be dangerous. You don’t have to be sitting directly in the sun to be impacted, so the best advice is to always be sun aware!
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