Dr Susan Mayou was featured in the Daily Mail in an article about the 100 questions GPs are most often asked, speaking about moles.
Dr Mayou is one of the UK’s leading experts on skin cancer, with over 30 years of unrivalled expertise in dermatology. She has lectured extensively on skin cancer detection and is passionate about raising awareness of the early signs of skin cancer and the importance of an early diagnosis.
Moles can be a very big concern for people, especially as the diagnosis of skin cancer in the UK continues to increase at a rapid rate. Each year there is over 9,000 new cases of melanomas and it is predicted to increase by up to 78.2% over the next decade. It is imperative that consumers are educated on how to check moles.
The most effective way of monitoring moles at home is by regularly following the ABCDE rule:
A – Asymmetry. Where one half of the mole does not match the other
B – Border -Check the outline of your mole – a melanoma may have edges that are ragged, notched, blurred or irregular, plus the pigment may have spread into surrounding skin.
C- Colour Is the colour uneven? You might see shades of black, brown and tan, or areas of white grey, red, pink or blue
D- Diameter – Do you see a change in the size of your mole? Has it increased? Typically, melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter – (same size as the end of a pencil)
E – Evolving – Does the mole look different from the others and / or is changing in size, colour or shape?
Also remember that a melanoma does not always fit the ABCDE rule, if you notice anything different, or if there is a new skin lesion, if it itches, bleeds or if you are worried about it, seek medical help.