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Start the year off right with a skin check!

Published on December 17, 2015 at 14:30 / Updated on May 8, 2018 at 20:53

You probably don’t think about skin cancer very often in the middle of winter, but it’s as good a time as any to do a thorough inspection of your skin!

The main goal of doing a skin check is to get to know your moles and beauty marks. That way, if a suspect lesion appears, you’ll be able to detect it promptly. You can use a mirror to help you, or ask your partner to check out-of-sight areas such as your back, buttocks, and the back of your arms and thighs. 

Checking your moles is as easy as ABCDE!

A for asymmetry: a healthy mole has a symmetrical shape.

B for border: normal beauty marks have smooth, regular borders and do not have raised edges.

C for colour: normal beauty marks are an even brown colour.

D for diameter: beauty marks are usually small; watch for moles that are wider than 6 mm.

E for evolution: if a mole undergoes a rapid change in size, colour or thickness, you should get it checked by a doctor.

You probably have beauty marks of various sizes, but they should normally all have a similar shape, colour and thickness. If you notice a mole that looks quite different from the others on your skin, you should show it to your doctor. 

For more information on doing a skin check and risk factors for skin cancer, visit

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