Go spotty for melanoma awareness day
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?