Please don’t forget about the importance of doing your own self-body exams every day. Check your “birthday suit” for new moles, changing moles and odd moles because they can become a problem later in life. The basic rule of thumb for doing your mole check is the A, B, C, D E rule. A mole is suspicious and needs attention from your dermatologist if:
A – it is or becoming Asymmetric
B – it has irregular Borders, and is not perfectly round
C – it develops more than one Color
D – its Diameter is 6mm or more (greater than the size of a pencil eraser)
E – it is Evolving (changing)
Remember that melanoma can happen at any age and to any ethnic group. To find out more about examining your moles, visit our Cancer Detection page.