We advise you to have your moles examined by a dermatologist, most especially if:
- -you have more than 100 moles
- -an individual in your family has had a melanoma
- -you are 40 years old
- -you have light-colored (coloured) (photoypes I and II) and/or blue, green eyes
- -you get easily sunburnt
- -you are worried
We advise you to have your moles examined once a year by a dermatologist. He/her will examine them with a tool called a dermatoscope or even a videomicroscope.
To increase the chances of detecting an abnormal mole with could be a melanoma, we advise you to check your moles yourself once a month. This will also enable you to get use to the appearance of your moles and know if new ones appear.
To do this:
go into a private and well-lit room
face a head-to-feet mirror and hold a moveable mirror to examine normally non visible areas (back, back of the legs)
be consistent and examine your body in a rigorous systematic way (head to feet, front and back):
- -arm (right and left)
- -chest and upper back
- -abdomen, genital organs and lower back/buttocks
- -leg (right and left)
- -finish by looking at the palms of the hands and between the fingers, plantar surfaces of the feet and between the toes and mucosal surfaces (eyes, mouth, and anal orifice).
- -ask someone to look at your scalp by blowing the hairs apart with a hairdryer.
- -has an irregular shape (A like asymmetry)
- -has an irregular border (B like border)
- -has many colors (colours) (C like color (colour))
- -has a diameter more than a quarter of an inch (5mm) (D like diameter)
- -has changed since last time (E like evolving).
Melanoma: identifiable when using the ABCDE rule
You have to pay particular attention and consult if a mole:
- -not previously there appears
- -bleeds spontaneously
- -doesn’t heal after trauma