KNOW THE SIGNS OF SKIN CANCER
Here’s what to look for during a selfor partner-assisted skin check. • Scaly, crusty patches • Red patches • Rough, elevated bumps • Oozing, bleeding spots or sores • Shiny bumps • Moles of many colours: black, light brown, pink, red, purple • Moles with uneven edges • Moles that change shape or colour
The ABCDEs of melanoma
Asymmetry: Half of a mole is unlike the other Border: Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined Colour: Varied with shades of tan, brown, black, sometimes red, white or blue Diameter: Typically greater than the size of a pencil eraser Evolving: Looks different from the rest, changes size, shape or colour
How to examine your skin
• Examine your body in a mirror, front, back, right and left sides, arms raised. • Examine the neck with a hand mirror, back, sides and front. • Examine the scalp closely, parting hair in several places. Melanoma may look like a stain on your scalp. • Check elbows, forearms, upper arms and palms. • Check back and buttocks with a mirror. • Check backs of legs, feet, between toes and soles of feet. Remember to check ears (inside and all around), eyelids, finger and toenails. Pay particular attention to moles, freckles and age spots. Skin cancers may also turn up inside the mouth. If you develop a mouth or lip “blister” or sore that doesn’t heal in a couple of days, report it to your doctor.