Megan Rogerson, our osteopath here at Back 2 Balance. In this blog she writes about the importance of checking your moles and what to look out for.
CHECK YOUR MOLES!!!
As we are now meant to be in ‘summer’ albeit a very British summer, it is so so important to be looking after your skin, and that involves checking and keeping an eye on your moles, although you should be doing this all year round. As osteopaths and chiropractors, we see people in a state of undress during the new client consultation. A lot of the time I ask people, have you noticed this mole on your back and are you checking it, and they say no. Look at yourself in the mirror and get to know the moles on your body.
Changes in moles or of the skin can be a sign of skin cancer so do not be afraid of getting them checked. I always think the best attitude to have when it comes to getting things checked is, it most likely is nothing. However getting it checked can then give you that reassurance. If it is to be anything, the earlier it is picked the quicker you can get the appropriate treatment. It is better to be safe than sorry!!
I recommend asking a partner to look at your moles and skin. Taking pictures of them so you can refer to them later on down the line and notice any changes is a good idea. There is an app called Miiskin which helps track changes. It is recommended you check your skin once a month.
The ABCDE of Mole Melanoma
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, here’s what to look out for in your moles:
A – Asymmetry – most melanomas are asymmetrical.
B – Borders – jagged borders are a sign of melanoma, most moles have smooth borders.
C – Colour – multiple colours are a warning sign.
D – Diameter or dark – if you have a lesion the size of or bigger then a pencil eraser, it’s time to get it checked. If your lesion is darker than most other moles or lesions on your body again, get it checked.
E – Evolving – if your mole or lesion is evolving and changing, please go get it checked.
Another warning sign is what’s called the ugly duckling sign. This is based on the fact that most moles on your body look similar to each other. Whereas melanomas stand out like ugly ducklings in comparison. This highlights the importance of checking for irregularities.
So what can you do to look after your skin? Limit exposure to sun and wear a decent SPF sun cream and facial cream. Be super careful when in the sun, don’t think ‘oh it’s fine I won’t burn’, you will burn, be careful, cover up and wear sun cream. It’s not worth risking skin cancer just for a tan. Also avoid sun beds.