Don’t leave it too long to get it checked out. Melanoma is relatively rare, but is becoming more common. There are currently almost 13,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK and it is one of the most common cancers in people aged 15-34. More than 2,000 people die every year in the UK due to melanoma.
THE ABCDE CHECK
A IS FOR ASYMMETRY
Are both halves of the mole the same size & shape? A melanoma is often asymmetrical.
B IS FOR BORDER
Is the border of the mole even? Melanomas tend to have an uneven or crusty border.
C IS FOR COLOUR
Is the mole uniform in colour? A melanoma will often contain a variety of colours.
D IS FOR DIAMETER
What size is the mole? A melanoma is often larger than a pencil eraser, but can be smaller
E IS FOR EVOLVING
Has the mole changed? Get a mole checked if it has changed shape, colour, has become itchy, bleeds or has a scab.
WANT IT CHECKED?
Dr Rachael Kay is a Registered GP with a special interest in Dermatology. She holds a clinic here every Friday, where she specialises in mole checks.
The cost of a consultation is £150 and will involve a detailed assessment of the mole/s that are concerning you and if relevant, the removal options available to you.
To make an appointment for a consultation or treatment with one of our trained Nurses or Doctors, please call 01943 882011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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