Do you know your ABCDEs?
-Using the ABCDE rule to monitor your moles for melanoma
According to Cancer Research UK, there are approximately 15,400 new melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s 42 every single day. Over the last decade, melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by 50% in the UK. These are scary statistics and go to show just show how vital it is that we take a cautious approach to sun protection as well as keeping tabs on our moles by checking them regularly.
As a general rule, when self-examining your moles, take note of any new moles or growths that appear and any existing moles that begin to grow or change significantly in any way. Lesions that change, itch or bleed should ring alarm bells.
Facts about Melanoma:
- 1 person dies of melanoma every hour
- 30% of all melanoma in men arises on the back
- Melanoma is the 2nd most common form of cancer in young people aged 15-29
- Melanoma is rising faster than any other cancer
It is vital that melanoma is caught as early as possible which is why physicians recommend using the following strategy as a guide for self-examination. Get to know your skin well enough that you’re able to recognize any changes in the moles on your body. Look for the ABCDE signs of melanoma and if you spot anything different, go and see a professional as soon as you can:
Remember that melanoma doesn’t always fit the ABCDE rule. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, if you spot a new growth or you are worried about a lesion, have it checked by a professional.