Go spotty for me­lanoma aware­ness day

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Each year more than 4000 Ki­wis are di­ag­nosed with me­lanoma in­New Zealand— that’s around 13 peo­ple ev­ery day.

To sup­port those af­fected and help raise aware­ness, Me­lanoma Aware­ness Week is pre­sent­ing Go Spotty Day.

The na­tion­wide event is from Oc­to­ber 19-26.

Schools, work­places or groups of friends are asked to wear some­thing spotty, cre­ate a spot of art or make a do­na­tion, and post their sup­port with the hash­tag #gotspotty.

Do­na­tions help to pro­mote early de­tec­tion and ed­u­cate the pub­lic about how to stay pro­tected. Reg­is­ter via www.me­lanoma.org.nz/getspotty

Me­lanoma is the most se­ri­ous type of skin can­cer, which can progress quickly to other parts of the body if not treated early.

Med­i­cal on­col­o­gist and Me­lanoma New Zealand trustee Dr Ros­alie Stephen’s top tips for what towatch out for when check­ing your skin: ■ Fol­low the ‘ugly duck­ling’ rule.

If one mole dif­fers to nearby moles, it is the ugly duck­ling, and when in doubt— head to your doc­tor or a spe­cial­ist Me­lanomas can of­ten be de­tected us­ing the ABCDE sys­tem:

■ Asym­me­try— two halves of the­mole are dif­fer­ent from one an­other.

■ Border— edges of the mole are poorly de­fined.

■ Colour— colour is un­even with shades of black, brown and tan. Moles may also be white, grey, red, pink or blue. ■ Dif­fer­ent— from other le­sions (the ugly duck­ling).

■ Evolv­ing— any change in ap­pear­ance, or bleed­ing?

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