How to check your moles

Keeping your moles under control is essential. Here are the characteristics to observe in order to recognize at-risk moles.

02 December 2019

Posted by: SOTHERGA

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Who is most at risk?

The type of skin is crucial in the development of melanoma. Light-skinned individuals are much more at risk than dark-skinned individuals.

 

What are the steps to follow to keep moles under control?

  • A as in ASYMMETRY: dividing the mole in half we should obtain two perfectly overlapping parts. Asymmetry is one of the potential indicators of anomalies.
  • B as in BORDER: the border must be regular. Jagged edges may mean the mole is transforming.
  • C as in COLOR: the color should be uniform, with no light areas alternating with dark areas.
  • D as in DIMENSIONS: the dimensions should be around 6mm in diameter.
  • E as in EVOLUTION: it’s important to see a dermatologist right away if a mole is evolving. This means a change in size, shape, color, elevation or other features, or any new symptoms such as bleeding, itching or scabs.

 

The most important thing to prevent the mole from degenerating into a melanoma is PREVENTION. The simplest and most immediate way to diagnose skin cancers is MOLE MAPPING.

 

At SOTHERGA, you can schedule checks and mappings with highly-qualified professionals.

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