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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
As skin cancer rates continue to rise at a rapid rate, it's important individuals check their moles regularly to spot changes and symptoms of skin cancer.
The Cadogan Clinic is London's most comprehensive centre for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Our team is made up of industry-leading experts who are highly skilled in skin cancer detection and treatment. We actively encourage consumers to check their moles at home on a monthly basis in order to detect skin cancer at the earliest possible stage.
Early detection is imperative to curing skin cancer. A person with a melanoma of less than 0.75mm thick can expect to have a 95% cure rate, but with a melanoma greater than 4mm thick, this falls to as low as 25%. By checking your moles on a monthly basis in addition to annual mole checks with a dermatologist, you will be more familiar with your skin and be better equipped to identify subtle changes to moles.
Melanomas can develop between visits to your dermatologist, so it's important to take control of your health and be vigilant with regular self-examinations.
Below are tips for checking moles at home:
The Tool Kit:
The ABCDE rule to monitor moles at home
It is important to remember that a melanoma may not always fit the ABCDE rule so if you notice anything different, or if there is a new skin lesion, itching, bleeding or any signs that are a cause for concern, seek medical help – it's much better to be safe and catch it at the very earliest stage.
In addition to monthly mole checking at home, I advise seeking professional advice if you notice one or more of the following symptoms on your moles: