A dermatologist has shared the A, B, C, D, E method that you should be using when looking at the moles on your body – and he insisted it could actually save your life
If you’re putting off getting a mole checked out at the doctor’s – this is your sign to go.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, so it’s important to understand what you’re looking out for when you check over your own body – and when it’s time to contact your GP.
Dr Zade, a dermatologist, posted a video on TikTok to say that “finding this spot on your skin could save your life”, and he went on to describe the different things you should be looking out for when it comes to looking at your own body.
Dr Zade said: “Recognising this brown spot on your skin could save your life.” And he then went on to explain that the brown spot he’s referring to, is a melanoma, and he wanted to show signs that are characteristic of one so you can “catch it early and possibly save your life.”
He referred to them as the “A, B, C, D, and E’s of melanoma detection”, starting with Asymmetry. He said that if you cut the mole in half and the two sides are different, “that’s a concerning sign.”
B is for Border, and you’re looking for your moles to be “perfectly smooth in a circle”, and if your mole isn’t, it could be a cause for concern. C stands for Colour, and he said your moles should just be one colour, for example, “light brown”. If your moles are “blue, pink, black”, then that would be something to get checked out.
D is for Diameter, and “if the mole is bigger than a pencil eraser”, Dr Zade said it’s worth checking out. But the “most important” of all the letters is E – “Is it evolving, is it changing?”, he asked. He said: “If any of them are getting larger, getting itchy, changing colour, those are the ones that you need to let your dermatologist know about.”
He also recommended people check out their own skin, and if they notice any changes, to not sit on them. It’s recommended that if you’re worried about skin cancer, you contact your GP so they can make a referral.
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