Question for the Expert: Are there any ways to detect skin cancer?

Asked by PaulB

Answer:

The most dangerous skin cancer is melanoma. Prognosis is highly dependent on early detection. The most important rule for the detection of melanoma is so called the “ABCDE” rule: A- asymmetry, B- borders (irregular), C- colour (variegated), D- diameter above 6 mm, E- evolving over time.

A good advice is always to look for spots that:

Change size, colour or shape
Look different compared to the rest
Are asymmetrical
Feel rough or scaly; sometimes you can feel the lesions before you can see them
Are multi-coloured
Are itchy
Are bleeding or oozing
Look pearly
Look like a wound but do not heal

Tracey McAlpine

Written by: Tracey McAlpine, Editor
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