How to check your own moles
How can you tell if a mole is bad? And how can you monitor the evolution of your moles from close up? It’s essential to check your moles or have them examined by a dermatologist at least once a year, and more often if your skin is at risk or you have developed melanoma in the past. Take your time to look at the skin as a whole, without forgetting any areas of the face and body:
1- For the face, all areas, without forgetting on and behind the ears
2- Torso, back and sides, facing a mirror.
3- Forearms, upper and lower arms, palms.
4- The back of the legs, spaces between the toes, soles of the feet, genitals.
5- The back of the neck and scalp, using a mirror.
6- Lower back and buttocks.
Here’s a mnemonic to help you when checking your moles: the ABCDE rule. Each of these signs in the appearance of a mole is suspicious and requires your attention:
- A: Asymmetry
- B: Borders that are irregular
- C: Colour that’s non-uniform or varied
- D: Diameter greater than 6mm
- E: Evolution or any new changes to your mole
Any change in your moles should be taken as a warning for you to address, as changes may precede the development of skin cancer.