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The ABC's of Your 50 Moles

Posted on 10 October 2016

Moles. Almost all of us have them. They are not normally present at birth but appear in childhood, and by the age of 15 Australian children have an average of more than 50 moles. I’m pretty sure I have more! 

By the time we hit 30 years we should no longer develop any new moles… so if you notice something new, or different, it’s time to get it checked out.

What are you looking for? 

Any of these warning signs: 

A - Asymmetry: One-half of the mole does not match the other half.
 
B - Border irregularity: The edges of the mole are irregular, ragged, blurred, or notched.
 
C - Color: The color over the mole is not the same all over. There may be shades of tan, brown, or black.
 
D - Diameter: The mole is larger than about 6mm (or ¼ inch) or is growing larger.
 
E – Evolving: Knowing what is normal for you is the key. If one of your moles has recently changed in size or colour, bring it to the attention of a doctor immediately.

 

It's more about being seen, not felt - so let's look!

Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt – so please check your skin regularly. I do it along with my monthly breast check on the first day of each month – it just takes an extra 2 minutes to do a #MolePatrol.  And if you have any concerns, don’t put it off, go see a doctor immediately!

How to check?

See http://www.skincancer.org/  or http://www.melanoma.org/ or http://www.cancer.org.au/ or http://www.sunsmart.com.au/ or your doctor for more information on how to check for skin cancer.

With love,

Annaliese 

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