The Hamilton Spectator - - HEALTH -

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.

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