We’ve all been told to watch out for unusual spots on our skin that may be a warning sign of skin cancer, but how do we know if a spot really is unusual? After all, all our moles look different. Here are a couple of identifiers for moles you should keep an eye on. If you’re concerned, head over to your doctor. If you want to be proactive and ensure those spots don’t change, just give them a generous dusting with your BRUSH ON BLOCK®.
The most basic sign to look for is a change in your moles. Normal moles may be tan, brown, or black, round or oval, flat or raised, and generally smaller than six millimeters across (about ¼ inch). If any of these characteristics begin to change, consider having the mole looked at.
The American Cancer Society uses the ABCDE rule to check moles for signs of melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer). If you’re concerned, look for:
A is for Asymmetry: One half of the birthmark does not match the other half.
B is for border: The edges of the birthmark are irregular, notched, ragged, or blurred.
C is for Color: The color of the birthmark is not the same all over (with different shades of brown or black, with patches of pink, red, white, or blue)
D is for Diameter: The birthmark is larger than six millimeters across (about ¼ inch), though some melanoma can be smaller.
E is for Evolving: The birthmark changes in size, shape, or color.
There are, of course, other signs and if anything looks concerning, have a doctor take a look at it.
If you want to learn more about Skin Cancer Prevention, tune in to our Facebook Live discussion with Hadley King, MD, board-certified Dermatologist on Thursday, May 30 at 9 AM PST/ Noon EST.