Early Detection

Examining your skin on a regular basis can lead to early detection, treatment, and in most cases, positive outcomes. The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation recommends monthly self-examinations using the ABCDEs of early. Remember to check your whole body, including places that are not always exposed to the sun, like armpits and soles of the feet. Ask someone to help check hard-to-see areas like the back and scalp.

If you detect something that might be a symptom, consult with a doctor.

 

ABCDEs of Early Detection

Asymmetry:

One half is not like the other.

Border:

Blurry and/or jagged edges.

Colour:

More than one shade or colour.

Diameter:

Greater than 6mm.

Evolution:

Watch for changes over time. If your mole changes in size, shape or colour, it might be suspicious.

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