Mole Check: Home and Professional Assessments
Everyone with moles should conduct regular self-checks at home, ideally on a monthly basis. Integrating mole checks into routines, such as after a shower or bath, helps stay vigilant about any changes.
When to Seek Professional Mole Checks
There are specific reasons to consider professional mole checks:
- Fair hair, eyes, or pale skin prone to burning
- Abundance of freckles
- History of sunbed use
- Presence of numerous moles (100+)
- Large moles (more than 6mm in diameter)
- Personal or family history of melanoma
- Use of immune-compromising medications
Additionally, if a mole undergoes changes in appearance, such as new marks, discoloration, or altered shape, professional evaluation is recommended. Such changes could indicate malignant melanoma, and early detection is crucial for successful intervention.
Not all moles are visible, especially those on the back. Individuals with numerous moles may have unseen ones, necessitating periodic professional mole screenings.
Signs of Dangerous Moles and Melanoma Check
Adhering to the ABCDE protocol aids in detecting possible melanoma:
- Asymmetry: Healthy moles should appear symmetrical.
- Border: Smooth edges are characteristic of healthy moles.
- Colour: Uniform colour is a positive sign.
- Diameter: Healthy moles typically have a diameter of 6mm or less.
- Evolving: Any mole outside these parameters requires professional assessment.
A biopsy, involving the surgical removal of a suspicious mole, allows a Dermatologist to determine its cancerous nature. Early detection enables surgical removal to prevent further spread, often followed by a sentinel node biopsy to check lymph gland involvement.
Regular at-home mole checks are crucial for skin health. Professional assessment is essential for suspicious moles or lesions, ensuring timely intervention.