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How to monitor your moles for melanoma with the ABCDE rule

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 08/08/2018

a close up of a person © Provided by Evening Standard Limited There has been an alarming rise in skin cancer diagnoses in the UK, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Dermatology.

So it’s vital that we take a vigilant approach to sun protection and keep tabs on our moles, which means regular mole checks.

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Follow the ABCDE rules:

A symmetry. Where one half of the mole does not match the other.

B order. Check the outline of your mole — a melanoma may have ragged, notched, blurred or irregular edges, plus the pigment may have spread to the surrounding skin.

C olour. Is the colour uneven? You might see shades of black, brown and tan, or areas of white grey, red, pink or blue.

D iameter. Do you see a change in the size of your mole? Has it increased? Typically, melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter (the same size as the end of a pencil).

E volving. Does the mole look different from the others and/or is it changing in size, colour or shape?

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Remember that a melanoma does not always fit the ABCDE rule. If you notice anything different, if there is a new skin lesion, if it itches, bleeds or if you are worried about it, seek medical help.

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